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March 06, 2019

The Church and Mental Illness

As studies continue to show how ill-equipped many churches are in ministering to Christians who struggle with mental illness, some who were once among the faithful are now speaking out about how the spiritualizing of their conditions in church culture forced them to flee. 

In a recent discussion sparked by a rant in a subreddit of more than 40,000 anonymous former Christians, many shared stories about how they were forced to suffer as their evangelical churches and family members urged them to pray away conditions such as bipolar disorder, anxiety and ADD before they were finally able to get help. (Christian Post article)

Some say they never got the help they needed until they were adults. Ouch. Have you experienced this firsthand? How can we remedy this? Maybe you or someone you know has struggled in this area. Perhaps your church is making some headway when it comes to this. Your story and your thoughts are vital to this conversation! 

This morning we also hear from Moody Bible Institute's Nancy Kane.

Join the discussion from 6-9 am ET. Phone / text: 1-888-777-6810 and visit us on Facebook too. 

For crisis help, call The Lifeline 1-800-273-8255; the NAMI HelpLine 1-800-950-6264; 211, or visit www.211.org 

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Nancy Kane
Nancy Kane

Nancy Kane

Nancy Kane is a licensed clinical professional counselor in private practice. She is also the Associate Professor of Educational Ministries at Moody Bible Institute. Nancy has produced and written multiple Moody Radio programs, books, and articles. When not speaking at conferences, hosting talk shows, teaching, or writing, Nancy relaxes by reading, painting, and gardening.

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