Mental Illness Is Not a Defect


Last updated 1/9/2017 at 5:09pm


Living with untreated mental illness doesn't make us strong. Ignoring mental illness doesn't make us more faithful. Jesus tells us in John 8:32 that "the truth shall make you free." Author Amy Simpson writes, "People who live with mental illness, whether their own or someone else's, need to break the silence. They need to speak and be heard in the church and elsewhere."

Mental illness was in the news a lot in 2016. Reports say one in four people deal with mental illness. Writer Mikaela Conley reporting for Good Morning America stated back in 2012 that only about 60 percent of those with mental illness get treated. This is not good.

Many people, including many in the church, see mental illness as a weakness and even go so far as condemning those who have mental illness.

Other times mental illness is just not talked about.

Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research says, "Because of the way we have ignored mental illness, we are hurt...

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