Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia
LONDON (AP) — In May, the Brothers of Charity group announced it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia at its 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium, one of only two countries — along with the Netherlands — where doctors are legally allowed to kill people with mental health problems, at their request.
When the homeless and mentally ill wander into church
(RNS ) — I admit my own discomfort about our homeless and mentally ill visitors.
Kenyan program recruits faith healers to help identify mentally ill
WOTE, Kenya (RNS) Rather than undermine traditional healers, a new program seeks to enlist them to gain direct access to the Kenyan rural population in need of mental health care.
Supreme Court seems increasingly wary on death penalty
WASHINGTON (RNS) On top of drug protocols, developmental disabilities and lawyers’ mistakes, justices must decide if mental illness should be a reason to keep prisoners such as Scott Panetti alive. An appellate court gave him last-minute reprieve.
Mental illness rarely addressed by churches
(RNS) Most Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations, and only about a quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist families of the mentally ill, a new LifeWay Research survey found.
Suicide a risk even for beloved characters like Robin Williams
(RNS) Advocates for people with mental illness say they hope Robin Williams’ death will motivate more people to get help for depression and spur the nation to treat suicide as a public health crisis.
Rick Warren to pastors: ‘There is no testimony without a test’
BALTIMORE (RNS) Speaking of mental illness, Warren said: “If your brain doesn’t work right and you take a pill, why are you supposed to be ashamed of that?”
5 reasons atheists shouldn’t call religion a mental illness
A number of prominent atheists have equated religion with mental illness. Here are five reasons atheists should avoid this problematic parallel.
Video: President Obama calls for end to mental illness stigma
President Obama says he is convening a conference on mental illness to bring the issue “out of the shadows.” Obama spoke Monday (June 3) at the opening of the daylong White House conference, which included faith leaders, mental health advocates and members of Congress.
Can grief be a mental illness? With new diagnostic changes, maybe
(RNS) In a move that could add to the tension between religion and science, the American Psychiatric Association changed a controversial diagnosis regarding how grief relates to mental health, rekindling a debate about whether spirituality or medicine offers the best pathway out of bereavement.
Church leaders tackle the stigma of mental illness
(RNS) For years, Southern Baptist leader Frank Page did not share the painful details of his daughter’s suicide, fearing that some Christians might speak ill of her if they knew. Mental illness and suicide were taboo topics for many churches, seen as a kind of spiritual failure. That may be starting to change.
Matthew Warren’s Death and the Changing Tide of Mental Health Awareness
As I’ve followed the story of Matthew Warren’s suicide, I’ve been bracing myself for evidence of ignorant trolls who blame the Warrens for their son’s death. I haven’t seen much of that at all, however. Is our nation’s awareness of mental illness finally beginning to change?
Christian leaders mourn with Rick Warren over son’s suicide
Christian leaders from across the spectrum express their sadness and support over Pastor Rick Warren’s son’s suicide.