The Black Dog strikes again

Recent news from the US of the suicide of mega-church Pastor Rick Warren’s son, Matthew, puts the challenge of mental illness front and centre once again. As Adrian Warnock, not a man I’m usually tempted to quote, points out, being a Christian is no guard against suffering from depression, and other mental illnesses – I should know, I’ve written before about my own battles with the Black Dog. But as Richard Hall points out, even having to ask the question of whether Christians can suffer depression points out how badly the Church has dealt with, and continues to deal with, mental illness, including depression.

Finally, I’m not the only one to call it the black dog, other sufferers refer to it that way too. I think the following video is a wonderfully made comment on what it is like to suffer depression, and also on ways of moving forward if you do suffer from it. It should also prove informative for those who know people who are, or they think may be, suffering from depression – help, as with so many things, is key to finding a way through but because one thing being depressed does is make it seem like seeking help will not be any use it so often needs someone else to reach out first. As Matthew Warren’s sad death shows, sometimes help, as much help as anyone could ever give, is not enough, but often it is. So, please, watch, learn, and then, where necessary, reach out a hand:

About mendipnomad

I'm a nomad both physically and denominationally, but I'll always call the Mendips home. Currently a Methodist Probationer Presbyter (Minister) in Cornwall. I love sport, film, tv, socialising, politics (both US and British), and, yes, being part of the church.
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3 Responses to The Black Dog strikes again

  1. Hi thanks for the link, and this whole article. Sorry to hear that I am not the kind of guy you’d usually quote…I wonder what I can do to change that, other than writing about mental illness more of course?

    • mendipnomad says:

      Thanks for the comment, Adrian. It was probably not the most cleverly crafted phrase, but I wanted to make the point that here was something people at very different places theologically could agree on. I think to list what it might take for me to more frequently quote you would take a further post or two – maybe I’ll do that at some point – but it could probably be summed in saying being more affirming, Thomist, catholic and less exlusive, Calvinist, reformed. But I’m not expecting you to do those things any time soon, and that’s ok. Anyway, I think we’ll probably agree that we don’t blog in order to be quoted but in order to share the joy of faith in God, as seen in Christ, experienced through the Spirit. Right? Thanks again for commenting, it really is appreciated.

  2. Hey, you are right of course about why we blog…it still amazes me when anyyone reads this stuff I write! But, about being exclusive, did you ever see this post I wrote: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2012/10/what-is-a-christian/ does that help at all?

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