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Faith and Mental Illness — how churches can help

The relationship between faith and mental illness is complex. Freud labeled faith a neurosis, while some Christians worry that mental health medicines change a person’s nature from what God created. Research has shown the mental health community that there are positive aspects to religious faith, and churches that recognize the benefits of therapeutic models offer a form of therapy: pastoral counseling based on scripture and focusing on sin.

Religion Newswriters Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes and provides resources for reporters of religion news, offers perspective and data on the intersection of faith and mental illness, with links to organizations, scholars, and academic experts, on its sister site, ReligionLink





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