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We Need a Better Response to Mental Illness

We can either bless or curse people who need us

In every city in this part of the world, people are working to end the stigmatization and marginalization of people with mental illness. Some of them have received healing or have learned to manage illnesses that affected them so profoundly the world told them their lives were effectively over. Others have seen family members and friends suffer from debilitating disorders and then suffer even more profoundly from the rejection of fellow human beings. Others simply refuse to stand by while people sick with treatable illnesses live in misery or take their own lives because they're too afraid to get help.

Many of them are committed followers of Christ who believe we are all called to behave as Christ did among people in need. Your church can join them in big or small ways. You can start today.

Taken fromTroubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Missionby Amy Simpson. Copyright(c) 2013 by Amy Simpson. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515. www.ivpress.com

July11, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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