Mental Health

Communicating Courage to Those with High Functioning Autism and Mental Health Conditions

Communicating Courage to Those with High Functioning Autism and Mental Health Conditions

Communication from one person to another is so fundamental that we assume all but the youngest children can understand what we say—and even what we mean—in our own language. But mental health conditions and high functioning autism often interfere with a person’s ability to communicate with others, much like living as a stranger in a strange land, speaking a foreign tongue.

It's the hidden disabilities that keep kids out of church

It's the hidden disabilities that keep kids out of church

The study found that the children most likely to be excluded from church are those with autism spectrum disorders and common mental health conditions - anxiety, depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and ADHD.

The sexual revolution, our kids and suicide...a new look

The sexual revolution, our kids and suicide...a new look

I wish parents, educators and church leaders would come to recognize that many teenagers aren’t remotely prepared to manage the intensity of emotions that results when relationships become sexualized. Those who ultimately commit suicide represent casualties of the sexual revolution.

Traditional churches and the mental health system…Irreconcilable differences?

Traditional churches and the mental health system…Irreconcilable differences?

Can the church and the mental health system work together? And sadly, I'm coming to suspect the answer to that question is NO...so long as that church adheres to traditional church teaching and Biblical interpretation of texts addressing human sexuality.

Why the church and the mental health system should work together

Why the church and the mental health system should work together

Churches provide services and support to a large segment of the population who would otherwise increase demands on the mental health system. At the same time, mental health professionals and leaders have an interest in seeing that the care provided by churches is of high quality and meets the needs of those being served.