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?
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