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Overcome the Stigma of Mental Health

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These slides were used during a Family Camp at Mt. Carmel Ministries in Minnesota. We explored how to overcome the stigma of mental health and journey with God through the challenges of Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Grief, and Joy. The content was first presented as a sermon series at Easter Lutheran Church, Eagan, MN. www.easter.org.

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Overcome the Stigma of Mental Health

  1. 1. What do you get when you cross… A Baptist, A Cartoonist, and A Lutheran
  2. 2. AN UNCOMFORTABLE FEELING
  3. 3. The stigma
  4. 4. TAKE THE STIGMA QUIZ HTTPS://MAKEITOK.ORG/#WHATISSTIGMA
  5. 5. MENTAL HEALTH MYTHS • A Mental Health Condition Means You’re “Crazy” • A Mental Health condition is a sign of weakness
  6. 6. DWELLING IN THE WORD
  7. 7. John 16:17–33 (NIV84) 17 Some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” 19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. 25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” 31 “You believe at last!” Jesus answered. 32 “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  8. 8. “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”” (John 16:33, NRSV) “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”” (John 16:33, NLT) ““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”” (John 16:33, NIV84)
  9. 9. https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw
  10. 10. https://youtu.be/LhQGzeiYS_Q
  11. 11. WHAT MAKES YOU ANGRY?
  12. 12. John 2:13-17
  13. 13. DROWN THE ONE WHO HURTS A CHILD! Matthew 18:6 I BRING A SWORD TO DIVIDE FAMILIES! Matthew 10:34 WOE TO THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS! Luke 11:37-54
  14. 14. John 2:16
  15. 15. John 2:17
  16. 16. John 2:18-22
  17. 17. Garden of Eden Genesis 2-3 Tabernacl e (tent) Exodus Temple 1 (house) 1 Kings Temple 2 (house) Ezra Original Creation 1250 B.C. 968-586 B.C. 515 B.C. – A.D. 70
  18. 18. Newly freed slaves Samaritan Woman Sick and Blind The Hungry The Outcasts
  19. 19. When people with POWER abuse, exploit, or ignore the weak.
  20. 20. 1. POLITICAL – manipulation of POWER 2. ECONOMIC – manipulation of MONEY 3. RELIGIOUS – manipulation of THEORY OF GOD THREE KINDS OF CULTURE IN OUR WESTERN WORLD -Richard Rohr
  21. 21. 1. POLITICAL – manipulation of POWER 2. ECONOMIC – manipulation of MONEY 3. RELIGIOUS – manipulation of THEORY OF GOD THREE KINDS OF CULTURE IN OUR WESTERN WORLD These cultural factors are a HUGE part of the increase in Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, and Suicide
  22. 22. 1. POLITICAL – manipulation of POWER 2. ECONOMIC – manipulation of MONEY 3. RELIGIOUS – manipulation of THEORY OF GOD THREE KINDS OF CULTURE IN OUR WESTERN WORLD -Richard Rohr Challenging the status quo is unpopular. Jesus was killed for opposing the religious and political powers of his time.
  23. 23. When people with POWER abuse, exploit, or ignore the weak. - because - That’s where God ABIDES.
  24. 24. https://youtu.be/kh0GD_TytXg
  25. 25. DWELLING IN THE WORD PSALM 40:1-3
  26. 26. I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1–3 (NRSV)
  27. 27. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION MAY INCLUDE: • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
  28. 28. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION MAY INCLUDE: • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self- blame • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
  29. 29. DANIEL AND ADAM’S STORY https://player.vimeo.com/video/332501079?dnt=1&app_id=122963
  30. 30. TOP 5 THINGS CHRISTIANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION 1. Depression isn't what the Church sometimes makes it out to be.
  31. 31. Asking someone to “try” not being depressed is tantamount to asking someone who's been shot to try and stop bleeding.
  32. 32. TOP 5 THINGS CHRISTIANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION 1. Depression isn't what the Church sometimes makes it out to be. 2. Mental illness is not a sin. 3. The Bible doesn't provide “easy answers.” 4. Anxiety and depression don't look how we often think. 5. Strong churches don't “fix” depression.
  33. 33. Without a carefully planned strategy to deal with mental illness, though, “all are welcome” might not be enough. Healing comes from a prayerful, loving community that seeks to truly understand major depressive disorder and related conditions, and one that develops a positive response.
  34. 34. PRACTICAL TIPS FOR DEALING WITH DEPRESSION 1. Check out www.makeitok.org 2. Try BPEs (Building Positive Experiences). 3. Basic physical practices : breathing, meditation, exercise, better diet. 4. There is no shame in seeking professional psychotherapy and medication.
  35. 35. WHAT IS GRIEF?
  36. 36. What is grief? (definition from the Mayo Clinic Website) Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, regardless of whether their sadness stems from the loss of a loved one or from a terminal diagnosis they or someone they love have received. They might find themselves feeling numb and removed from daily life, unable to carry on with regular duties while saddled with their sense of loss. Grief is the natural reaction to loss. Grief is both a universal and a personal experience. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. Some examples of loss include the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft or the loss of independence through disability. Experts advise those grieving to realize they can't control the process and to prepare for varying stages of grief. Understanding why they're suffering can help, as can talking to others and trying to resolve issues that cause significant emotional pain, such as feeling guilty for a loved one's death. Mourning can last for months or years. Generally, pain is tempered as time passes and as the bereaved adapts to life without a loved one, to the news of a terminal diagnosis or to the realization that someone they love may die. If you're uncertain about whether your grieving process is normal, consult your health care professional. Outside help is sometimes beneficial to people trying to recover and adjust to a death or diagnosis of a terminal illness.
  37. 37. TWO DAYS I WON’T FORGET
  38. 38. The Five Stages of
  39. 39. THE STORY OF JOB
  40. 40. JESUS AND LAZARUS
  41. 41. WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
  42. 42. WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
  43. 43. Feeling of Success Feeling of Importance Feeling of Trust Feeling of Euphoria
  44. 44. WHAT I LEARNED FROM INSIDE OUT
  45. 45. WHAT I LEARNED FROM INSIDE OUT HAPPY is not equal to JOY
  46. 46. WHAT I LEARNED FROM INSIDE OUT You can’t have true joy…
  47. 47. WHAT I LEARNED FROM INSIDE OUT You can’t have true joy without all the others.
  48. 48. https://youtu.be/2YQK1elpmqY

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