According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.”
As a way to bring awareness, the Month of May is recognized as Mental Health Month.
I spoke with Hollis M. Evans, LMSW who has a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s in Religious Education from Detroit Bible College. Evans founded Center of Behavioral Therapy in 1983 with a desire to provide avenues for the Christian community to receive Christian based therapy. Mr. Evans practice emphasizes in youth and families, marital couples, employee performance, disability claims, and the treatment of grief and loss and depressive disorders.
We jumped into questions like:
A: The stigma of mental health and the black church
B: Is seeing my pastor for an issue the same as seeing a therapist? And,
C: How he incorporates Biblical principles into his therapy sessions?
Then there is my friend and brother in Christ, Willie Moore, Jr. who made a sacrifice during a difficult time for him and his family to become a Partner in Hope. God has honored that sacrifice in so many ways.
Check out his testimonies and then consider becoming a Partner in Hope by texting the word “Detroit” to 785833 or Click The Banner Below:
I’ve been feeling some kinda way for a few weeks now. My quest was how to reestablish boundaries that have been totally broken down. I don’t know who Valen Dawson is, but I want to say thank you for this article. I got the message loud and clear. ~Randi
Your hair is singed from all the times you clipped your own wings just to make someone else happy. Your fingertips, blistered from all the times you forgot about your own needs and gave away what was meant to be yours. Even your voice has been touched by the flame, no longer strong, but shaking and raspy from all the times you wanted to say no, but said yes. You have set yourself on fire to keep others warm, but inside your soul is shivering. Your soul shivers with all the coldness of being forgotten, untouched, and unloved by you.
It’s such an easy thing to get caught up in. You give too much to others, and you are the one left standing out in the cold. You get your value from how much you give to others, rather than by how much you give to yourself. You give too much at the expense of yourself. You do this because you are afraid to look inward, to make the jump, to do what you should to create your own life.
Oh, you have promised yourself you will do it eventually. When the kids are older, when you have more time, when you are retired. When others don’t need you. You have promised and promised, and now you are holding the final match. Dear one, your soul can’t take it any longer. It’s begging you and pleading with you. Your body has been dissolved by the fire. Must you burn your soul, too?
Earthquake in Mexico, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Jose, shootings, and violent protests: Some disasters are predictable and some are not. Either way, the results can be potentially devastating in many ways. Some disasters are public and some are very personal such as the death of a loved one, a terminal diagnosis, a personal betrayal, a robbery, or rape. Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. How is one expected to cope?
There are no easy or pat answers that make it less painful or the loss less significant. However, there are a few ways to help you come out of the trauma stronger, more focused, and with better clarity about priorities.
Paula S. Duren, PhD is the founder of Universal Dementia Caregivers (UDC). After years of caring for both of her parents as they steadily declined in memory and awareness, Paula discovered the techniques for addressing the emotional well-being of caregivers and patients. This week’s “Lunch and Learn” will be on “The Power of Touch.”