Church Cliches and Stigma

I was thinking about the cliche statements in churches around Mental Health… And I was focusing on how mental health is not a sin in and of itself…

You do not get major depression disorder because you watched a TV show you shouldn’t have or you do not get general anxiety disorder because you spent more money than you should have… This is your conscience speaking to you…

Guilt can make someone anxious but the guilt can also be lifted with the confession of sin…

The mental health issues I am talking about are long lasting. Weeks, months, years. Mental health results from 2 factors… Genealogy and environment and yet it carries the biggest stigma instead of being the most loved and accepted in a church…

There are illnesses that are the consequence of sins. Diabetes Type 2 where overeating and indulging are usually the cause. Pretty much everybody knows this by now and yet we don’t shame them…

There is no stigma. We don’t have people coming up saying have faith more, read your Bible more, and it might go away. We all skip around the answer of EAT HOW WE’RE SUPPOSED TO EAT and WALKING AND EXERCISE. But we do not shame the people who have it as a result of indulging, not the way people with mental health feel they are treated…

Overindulging a long time can have very serious results on a body. Amputation of legs, loss of eyesight and kidney failure can be realities. But still no one goes up and says have more faith!

Many people break all the rules and continue to break them and yet ask to not have any health issues as a result of their choices…

How people have arrived at long-term mental health issues doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that we feel loved and accepted

If you look at where Jesus spent time while he was on earth, he went to the sick ones not the healthy…

Matt 9:12b “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”

Various times those with mental health issues are among the sickest as we are sometimes fighting the temptation of death. We do not need a fix we simply need love and support, knowing that someone out there loves us and is praying for us. We need to feel accepted, this can mean the difference of staying alive or not… +see below

Did I cause my mental health issues? I don’t believe I could have prevented it… I may have been able to treat it earlier and it would have been less severe if I had known about it… And maybe because of church stigma and lack of knowledge I could have realized it earlier…

This is why I write a my blog and why I am trying to break the stigma in my circle of influence (churches and everywhere else) so other people can find love, acceptance and hope.

I believe that Jesus understands the harsh realities those with mental health go… I believe that in the garden of Gethsemane, when he was crying out to God and he felt that God had abandoned Him, he understood what mental health was like…

He gets it! And that gives me comfort because three days later he survived His mental health crisis…

And He can save me from my darkest mental health days…

+ Borderline Personality Disorder 1 of 10 succumb to suicide 400% more than other diagnoses

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