But why am I making such a big deal out of it, after all Matthew Warren's suicide was a couple of weeks ago and there have been bigger headlines since?
I'm staying on this subject because for me, it is personal. Some of what I'm writing about I relate to within the four walls of my home. Some of this is happening right now within the four walls of my congregation. And it continues to be an issue outside of those four walls, even if they don't make national headlines. Last Monday a local school was on lockdown as a student was reported missing and was assumed to be armed. Later that day he shot himself.
The truth of the matter is, I'm not alright. My family is not alright. You are not alright. We need to get beyond the superficial "fine" when asked how we are doing. Some of us are hurting inside. Some want to hurt themselves or others. The Church cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the struggles associated with mental health. (And you'll see in these posts that "mental health" ranges from severe depression to autism- two extremes that if we're honest, we really don't know what to do with.)
I'm not alright. Are you?
If weakness is a wound
that no one wants to speak of
then cool is just how far we have to fall