Statistics suggest one in four people suffer from some form of mental illness. Yet many of our family, friends, and fellow church members suffer in silence while we don’t know what to do or say.
We connect with Amy Simpson to discuss her book, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission, along with her personal experience with mental illness and the church. Amy Simpson offers helpful insights on how to approach this subject matter in the interview below.
One of her most powerful takeaways lies in the response the church can offer to individuals dealing with mental illness. While it may be easier to stay away from the situation and remain silent, Amy suggests engagement. Moreso, she paints a picture of how we, as the body of the Church, can really help.
“Mental illness is the sort of thing we don’t like to talk about. Too often we reduce people with mental illness to caricatures and ghosts, and simply pretend they don’t exist.”
Amy Simpson is the senior editor for the Leadership Journal at Christianity Today. She is also the managing editor of marriage and parenting resources for Today’s Christian Woman, and writes for Her.menuetics, Relevant Magazine, and Tyndale, among others.