How did this make an impact?

  1. How can my church help!

  2. Patrick Banda June 2, 2019 at 7:56 am


  3. Excellent!! Well said. Thank you, Pastor Rick.
    I suffer from & struggle with Recurring Major Depression Disorder.
    You said it perfectly. My brain is broken.
    It would be so great if there was a Bible study for people with mental illness. Or a support group of some kind. It would also be great if there was Christian counseling at my church not only for those of us struggling with mental illness, but for anyone who needs Christian based counseling

    • Dasha O’Neil July 2, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Hello Lizzie,

      Thank you for sharing your story.
      You can find resources on Mental Health on Kay Warren’s website at
      She has some materials on Mental Health that you can purchase, recommendations of support groups, and mental health services locator.
      Hope this is of help to you!

  4. Dear pastor Warren,
    Thank you so much for your encouraging words on “mental stigma”
    Mathew didn’t lose the battle he won the battle through bringing people to Christ even me here in France ( through this testimony.
    Praise God even when in bodily pain.

  5. “We’ve stigmatized mental health for far too long. But the truth is, your brain is just another organ. It’s not a sin to be sick. Your character isn’t defined by your chemistry. Your identity is not your illness.”

    Thank you for validating the message I have been sending in my CR as MHI Champion since the launch of the initiative at the Summit in 2016. Sometimes, I feel lonely, it seems no one wants me to talk about this topic, and their silence seems to prove this to me. But I know with all my heart, God has a purpose for me and my life, and even though their silence may sting, I will not stop saying Jesus can change your life in spite of your mental illness, and we are not victims we are survivors. He calms our souls, and our minds.

  6. Mental illness is misunderstood

  7. I am an active member of my Community Church in East Williston on LI, NY and have been accepted in my church as a servant of God even though I have bipolar disorder. I was balanced with medication when I was 53, (now 74.) No one in my church community, to my knowledge, looks down on me because I have a mental illness.

  8. Christy McMullen May 16, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Brilliant loved it. I teach on Addictions and it all stems back to a hurt hangups habits. Love Christy x x xx

  9. Cheryl Scalora May 16, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    We lot our 30 year old son to depression leading to suicide. My husband is a Pastor and I a Nurse-Midwife. We are active in our communities working hard on removing the stigma and helping people receive help. thank you for your love and honest reflection

  10. Julie DeCoster May 16, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I have a friend who has had a tough struggle with anxiety and depression racing thoughts real bad and used to be suicidal from the depression but is not having suicidal ideations now fortunately. She has known another Christian woman for more than 20 years who is convinced that her medication is causing a lot of her problems and that if she were more active, ate more healthy, which I don’t deny would be wonderfully helpful to her but to look down on this person’s use of medication prescribed by a psychiatrist I think in large comes from this the stigma of mental illness as you were writing and in the church. also it seems that she over emphasizes the spiritual and demonic as largely responsible for being oppressed by the devil or demons. that this condition she thinks is a huge stronghold for my friend and that the devil is playing havick in her mind and body causing the anxiety and racing thoughts or worse suicidal thinking. I really would like it if people could respond to my post here what you think, do people largely think this woman’s take on my friends mental illness is accurate? or helpful? or is it just me who is wrong about this. But I’ve had to take 2 different medication since I was a young adult for schizophrenia and depression and I’m now 60 and I really believe it has given me a far better quality of life than I would have had since my thought process was disordered and the antidepressants help me feel quite a lot better. personally I believe the medications in recent times have done wonders for so many people that it seems quite unhelpful or counterproductive to suggest with better health and fitness practices one can live best when mental illnesses are real diseases that need medical treatment and not just diet, exercise, or prayer. What are your thoughts? thanks Carrie

  11. Kathy Elledge May 16, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Glad you shared…so sorry for your loss. I too suffer from depression..Bipolar Depression..I know what being depressed is like …I keep my diagnoses to myself, for fear of what people would say and think about me. I don’t want to be stereotyped. This is my cross to bear…please keep me in your prayers. ❤️

  12. It’s important that like minded people have the opportunity to share their struggles and their triumphs.

  13. Chester raymond Julin May 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    When is the mental health initiative?