Be Not Afraid: Accompanying Loved Ones with Mental Illness

Posted by Lisa Anderson on Oct 9, 2020 11:55:12 AM

I never used to be a wailer or fist banger. I didn’t understand what would drive people to do such things. That was before. Before my child’s brain broke. As my son slipped deeper into schizophrenia, I lost parts of myself, too. I lost my balance as I tried to navigate this bewildering maze of new behaviors and medical resources until I felt consumed by a rage and then a wailing cry to God to help me.

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Topics: self-giving love, mental health, Mental Illness Awareness Week, accompaniment

A Catholic Approach to Supporting Persons with Mental Illness

Posted by Maggie Skoch Musso, MD on Oct 6, 2020 7:03:00 AM

“It is good that you exist.”

This beautiful phrase from Principles of Catholic Theology by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Benedict XVI) succinctly captures the inherent truth underlying a Catholic understanding of supporting and loving those with a mental illness. Despite my instinct to argue that this is self-evident and simple, yet another pope reminds me that a Catholic understanding of mental illness requires important theological reflection and incorporation of the most updated neuropsychiatric knowledge in order to affirm this truth.

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Topics: St. John Paul II, human dignity, mental health, Mental Illness Awareness Week, accompaniment

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