Kay Warren

Seeing in the Dark: Mental Health in the Church Today

An Interview with Kay Warren

You may be shocked by what you are about to read: After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death.

  • 41,149 suicides were reported in 2013—that’s two suicides for every reported murder, one suicide death every 12.8 minutes1“Facts and Figures,” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures, accessed Sept. 11, 2015..
  • Even more shocking is the church’s inaccurate beliefs about mental health issues, as identified in the most recent mental health study conducted by LifeWay Research.2“Study of Acute Mental Illness and Christian Faith: Research Report,” LifeWay Research, http://www.lifewayresearch.com/files/2014/09/Acute-Mental-Illness-and-Christian-Faith-Research-Report-1.pdf, accessed Sept. 11, 2015.

We cannot continue to neglect this enormous area of need.

After personal tragedy and with professional insight, Kay Warren offers practical tools and hands-on direction for supporting individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges.

Watch the Interview

Interview Questions

  1. Tell us about the loss of your son Matthew.
  2. Why is it essential that we begin talking about the problem of depression?
  3. How did an old Bible study become the theme of your new book?
  4. How can we choose to be joyful even in the midst of grief?
  5. Why must churches fill the gaps in caring for grieving people?
  6. Tell us about your acrostic that gives tips on how a church can be more effective at ministering to hurting people.
  7. How can being open about our own pains and losses help free up others to deal with their own grief?
  8. Why are times of emotional darkness useful for spiritual growth?
  9. What words should we absolutely never say to someone grieving a loss?
  10. What can we say to the person who is struggling with spiritual darkness?

Let Me Hear from You

It’s time to crush the stigma of mental illness, isn’t it? Likely, you or someone you know suffers with a mental health issue. Can this person come to you for help? Does your church have a proven system for helping people with mental health needs? With love and grace, are you willing to reach into the lives of those who are marginalized? How quickly do most Christians respond to broken families, broken lives, and broken bodies but run from those who may have broken or fractured minds? I challenge you to connect with someone who is hurting. As you do, let me know what happens. I bet you will be amazed!

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About Kay Warren

Kay WarrenAlong with her husband, Rick, Kay Warren is cofounder of Saddleback Church in Southern California. She is an international speaker, best-selling author, and Bible teacher who has a passion for inspiring and motivating others to make a difference with their lives. She is best known for her 10 years as a tireless advocate for those living with HIV and AIDS, children who are orphaned and vulnerable, and those who suffer from mental health issues. Kay speaks honestly about her own lifelong struggle with depression, parenting a child in tremendous pain, losing a son to suicide, and finding joy and hope through life’s darkest struggles.

Kay Warren Resources

You can contact Kay, as well as see information on her books, articles, initiatives, devotionals, and more on her Web site.

Insight for Living Ministries Resources

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1. “Facts and Figures,” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures, accessed Sept. 11, 2015.
2. “Study of Acute Mental Illness and Christian Faith: Research Report,” LifeWay Research, http://www.lifewayresearch.com/files/2014/09/Acute-Mental-Illness-and-Christian-Faith-Research-Report-1.pdf, accessed Sept. 11, 2015.
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