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  • Suicide: Churches awaken to persistent crisis

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (5 months ago)

    HUSTONVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Pastor Andrew McGinnis still remembers his "solemn drive" home on June 25, 1995.

    Then 4 years old, McGinnis had been attending a family reunion in Tennessee with his mother and two older brothers while his father Dan, pastor of Double Springs Baptist Church in Waynesburg, Ky., carried out his normal weekend duties at the church. But Dan McGinnis never arrived at church that Sunday morning. Members found him dead in the parsonage -- a victim of suicide. Evidence suggested ministerial stress and undiagnosed mental illness may have been contributing factors.

    Confused and angry, McGinnis told himself as a child, "I won't be a pastor because I don't want to end up like my dad." But 23 years later, McGinnis has answered God's call to ministry and is in his third year as pastor of Hustonville (Ky.) Baptist Church. Read More

  • Teens' screen time linked to ADHD, spiritual problems

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 01, 2018 (6 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Teens who report high-frequency digital media use are twice as likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports. Christian mental health practitioners say excessive screen time can damage the soul as well.

    "Screens today are the modern-day Baal," said Jonathan Straub, a marriage and family strategist for LifeWay Christian Resources, "the socially acceptable thing that keeps us from a deepening relationship with Jesus." Read More

  • Study shows troubling picture of teens, mental health

    by Helen Gibson, posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Mental health struggles and thoughts of suicide may be more common than church leaders realize -- even among some of the youngest members of a congregation.

    Around 1 in 3 high school students (31.5 percent) say they've experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Additionally, 17.2 percent say they've seriously considered attempting suicide, while 13.6 percent say they've made a suicide plan, 7.4 percent have attempted suicide, and 2.4 percent were injured in a suicide attempt. Read More

  • Holiday grief confronts Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Some churches long have held special Christmas services to acknowledge the pain and loss many people feel surrounding the holidays. But in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas, sadness and grief are particularly intense this year for those impacted by two senseless tragedies.

    Amid the aftermath of deadly massacres this fall in both cities, pastors there are seeking avenues to bring consolation and comfort.

    The "primary" way to minister to grieving people "isn't a five-step method as much ... Read More

  • Sexual identity report lauded as pastor resource

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A report by two Johns Hopkins psychiatry scholars debunking myths about homosexuality and transgenderism has been cited by a pastor who specializes in mental health care issues as a valuable aid for ministry to those struggling with sexual identity. Read More

  • Abortion, teen sex omitted as suicide risks

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Monday, July 11, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An article on adolescent suicide in the medical journal Pediatrics reflects a trend in modern pediatric medicine by omitting mention of sexual activity and elective abortion as "significant risk factors" for teen suicide, according the American College of Pediatricians, a socially conservative medical association.

    "There has been an unremitting trend across all of medicine, including pediatrics, in concert with the advance of the sexual revolution, particularly since the legalization of abortion in 1973," the College said in written comments to Baptist Press. Read More

  • Restroom directive said to harm the transgendered

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Obama administration's directive regarding restroom use for transgender students at public schools and universities likely will harm children struggling with their gender identity and increase the number who become transgendered.

    That's the conclusion of two Southern Baptist psychologists who have treated adolescents with ... Read More

  • Suicide stats prompt call for ministry

    by Kevin D. Kennedy, posted Wednesday, May 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With the U.S. suicide rate increasing 24 percent over the past 15 years according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, mental health experts have called pastors to prepare for ministry to suicidal individuals.

    While a pastor need not mention mental health issues every week from the pulpit, "a bit of regular exposure to such human realities has a way of breaking down the walls of shame and secrecy," Tony Rose, pastor of LaGrange (Ky.) Baptist Church, told Baptist Press. Rose also served as chairman of Mental Health Advisory Council, appointed by Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page. Read More

  • Tenn. Christian counselors get 'added protection'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Tennessee law allowing licensed counselors to opt out of serving patients whose goals "conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor" has drawn praise from two Southern Baptist mental health care professionals despite the American Counseling Association's condemnation of the measure as discriminatory against homosexuals. Read More

  • Depression, suicide draw focus of counseling conf.

    by Rachel Gaddis, posted Thursday, March 03, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP) -- Encouraging those in attendance to adopt a "theology of life," Frank S. Page delivered the keynote address during a Christian counseling conf. that focused on depression.

    Ouachita Baptist University's Pruet School of Christian Studies hosted the sixth annual Conference on Issues in Christian Counseling at OBU on Feb. 26. Sponsored by Ouachita, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the one-day conference brought together a total of 160 mental health professionals -- counselors, nurses and social workers -- and pastors from around the state to examine the issue of depression. Read More