Intersection of faith and mental health
In a week, The Oklahoman and Crossings Community Church will host “Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue.”
The Feb. 24 event, set for 6:30 p.m. at Crossings, 14600 N Portland, will feature a panel discussion with leaders from the faith community and mental health arena.
Panelists include: Mike Brose, MSW, executive director of Mental Health OK; Imad Enchassi, imam and founder of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City and professor of Islamic studies at Oklahoma City University; Rabbi Abby Jacobson, spiritual leader of Emanuel Synagogue, Ron Mahn, LPC, LMFT, pastor of Lifecare Ministry at Crossings; and the Rev. Don Wolf, pastor of St. Eugene Catholic Church.
The event is designed to shed light on a topic that once was taboo in many faith settings — mental illness. Perhaps headlines around the country and the disturbing rise of suicide among some populations and communities have caused people to become more candid about the issue as they seek to find solutions to certain challenges.
Here are a few stories in the news recently that show that the challenges of mental illness and addiction transcend faith boundaries, socioeconomic and racial lines to affect us all at some level.
The Press Enterprise: “Mental Health — When Faith Is Not Enough”
Baptist Standard: “Southern Baptist leader urges churches to confront suicide”
On Faith commentary by Phillip Bethancourt: “Johnny Manziel, Rehab and the Gospel”
Join me (@OKRelig) and@jaclyncosgrove for what promises to be an interesting discussion on Feb. 24 at Crossings.