Suicide Prevention: What the Church can do

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This month’s Patheos Book Club includes the book, “Preventing Suicide: A Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors.” By Karen Mason.It is a timely book, and an important book. It has been encouraging to me to see a significant shift in the approach of the Christian community to issues of mental health in recent years.  So, for example, in a recent survey of 1000 Protestant pastors conducted by Lifeway showed 0% of their sample believed medication should never be used to treat me … [Read more...]

Premier’s Leadership File Profile interview of Adrian Warnock

In this interview I was asked about being a non-paid member of a church leadership team, my book, and from my secular work the concept of "Four Pillars of Mental Health"For more similar interviews see the Premier Leadership File website and podcast.Related LinksMental Health Series The Four Pillars of Mental Health and Wellbeing How to reduce the risk of suicide Leadership Lessons from 1 & 2 Samuel My book: Raised With Christ Multicultural Church The Prophetic Gift of … [Read more...]

God’s incredible care for us all, and especially those who are mentally ill

One goal I have had in this series is to help us all understand that in many ways people with mental illness are just like us.  The Bible has much to say to them, but everything it says to them it also says to us.  This is because our gracious and eternal father knows our feeble frame. He knows our frailty and our weaknesses.  HE is God and you are not!  What batter place to conclude this series on mental health than with a very comforting Psalm that tells us of God's care for us because he cra … [Read more...]

How to calm your mind with God’s word

These verses are perhaps especially relevant for thos with Bipolar Disorder and other illnesses, but they are surely relevant for all of us.. God intends us to have a controlled mind.  He wants us to be disciplined in our thinking, not allowing fleeting thoughts to capture us and lead us astray. “ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV)  How do we do this? We have to be active in our thought lives in renewing our m … [Read more...]

God’s word to the impulsive: Bipolar Disorder verses part three

We continue today to look at Bible verses that address certain specific symptoms people with Bipolar Disorder may exhibit. As said before, people should ask their doctor for advice about medical treatment, these verses are no substitute for that.When manic patients may commit impulsive acts that they would never normally undertake. One of the challenges for family members is that these do not always look like illness to those who do not know the patient.  One of the challenges for patients, i … [Read more...]

God’s Word to the Self Assured: Bipolar Disorder Bible verses part 2

I am continuing to share verses for people  with Bipolar Disorder (see also this post for more information about Bipolar Disorder diagnosis). Today we turn to a specific set of symptoms people with Bipolar Disorder may suffer from.While people are manic it is common for them to exhibit excessive self assurance, over-confidence and increased rate of speech. This can be very disturbing to those around them. While these verses are unlikely to help the individual in the middle of a manic episode … [Read more...]

God’s word for the agitated and manic: Bible verses for those with Bipolar Disorder:

I must stress at the outset that in every case I have encountered Bipolar Disorder has behaved very much like a biological condition. It responds in most cases very well to medications, but it does not seem to respond well to any other methods of treatment unless medication is also used. If you suspect you have Bipolar Disorder go to visit your doctor. If you still have symptoms despite taking treatment ask your doctor if you need a higher dose of medication or an additional or alternate … [Read more...]

God’s word to the suicidal: Bible verses to help prevent suicide

I do want to stress at the outset of this verse that suicidal thoughts should not be ignored. Nor should anyone think they can simply treat them by Bible meditation alone. If you or someone you love is suicidal then you should treat it as a medical emergency and get the professional help and assessment you need.  For those who have lost someone to suicide I refer them to my previous post "Will a Christian who commits suicide go to heaven?"To be quite honest, when someone becomes suicidal it … [Read more...]

God’s word to the depressed: Bible verses on Depression

I have previously written on depression as a mental illness, and how because of the "Four Pillar Approach to Mental Health" we can all be helped by these verses on depression whether we are diagnosed as depressed or not.  Nothing I say here should be taken as discouraging seeking professional help, as to my mind there is no reason why people cannot simultaneously be helped by promises from God's word and the wisdom of doctors who were created by God.  Lets see what the Scriptures have to say to p … [Read more...]

God’s promise of joy to all

In the next post I will share some verses for the depressed. But looking at what the Bible says about joy is surely a good place to start. I am convinced, to use a title of a sermon that I preached a while back, God wants you to be really happy.  The gospel is intended to produce joy in us.  This is not to deny the fact however that Christians can get depressed. We must hold in tension that God promises us joy, with the fact that we don't always fully receive it.  As I explained in another prior … [Read more...]


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