Mental Illness

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“Art and Craft”: When Bad Behavior Is Not a Choice

A fascinating new film examines the complicated relationship between free will and biochemistry.

Confessions of a Once-Suicidal Evangelist

A call for Christians to open up an honest conversation about mental illness this National Suicide Prevention Week.

Robin Williams Lived

In light of the 63-year-old comedian’s death, here are five things you can do to help prevent suicide.

Life After Suicide: A Father Shares Lessons Learned

The former president of the Southern Baptist Convention shares the answers he found in the wake of his daughter’s suicide.

Churches Are the Front Lines in the Battle for Mental Health

Studies show that people struggling with mental health issues often turn to pastors first. Too often, they receive only prayer and bad advice.

Is Prayer the Best Medicine for Mental Illness?

When an arm is broken, we don’t just pray for it — we fix it. Why we should treat the brain the same way.

Mental illness, Islam or revenge?: Understanding terrorism from the Navy Yard to Pakistan to Kenya

Sept. 16, 2013Police personnel near the Navy Yard.Matt McClain / The Washington Post September 2013 has been a cruel month. … Continued

Transgender theology professor asked to leave Christian college

RNS () — A California Christian university has asked a professor who was once its chair of theology and philosophy … Continued

Navy Yard shooting: Haven’t we been here before? Let’s not end up here again.

Sept. 16, 2013Police personnel near the Navy Yard.Matt McClain / The Washington Post Doesn’t it feel like we’ve been here … Continued

Pope Francis shows it’s okay to say ‘gay’

Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a news conference Monday. … Continued

Can grief be a mental illness? With new diagnostic changes, maybe

Each year 90,000 parents in the U.S. confront the profound suffering that follows the death of a child or adolescent. … Continued

Beneath stereotypes, a stressful life for preachers’ kids

The day Franklin Graham was born, he received a telegram. “Welcome to this sin-sick world,” the Western Union message said, … Continued

Islam dragged through the mud by extremists like Tsarnaev brothers

When I first heard of the Boston Marathon bombing, I was in shock and in disbelief. I was sick to … Continued

Rick Warren, the father, grieves

When Rick Warren gave his address at President Obama’s first inauguration, he made a plea: “When we fail to treat … Continued

Lutheran prayers at Newtown

In case you thought that every evil consequence of guns, mental illness and cruelty had been wrung from the Newtown … Continued

Sandy Hook: never again

The tragedy of Sandy Hook was stunning in its human face, the faces of first-graders and their teachers. In the … Continued

The end of the world has been postponed – again

AP People gather around a sacred fire at the Mayan archeological site of Iximche during a ceremony marking the end … Continued

The politicization of tragedy

AP Rain soaks parts of a memorial to the Newtown shooting victims in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., … Continued

As bells toll, clergy push Congress on gun control

WASHINGTON — As bells tolled across the country on Friday (Dec. 21) in memory of lives lost in Newtown, Conn., … Continued

Journey from Oak Creek to Newtown

GETTY IMAGES Zulma Sein prays at a memorial set up outside of the entrance to the Sandy Hook School on … Continued