Today marks the day of the nation's first religiously backed conference to address mental health issues, as expert leaders in the fields of faith, health and psychology are joining together at Saddleback Church on March 28th at The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church. This important historic event is collaboratively hosted by Saddleback Church, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County (NAMI-OC).
This past weekend was a tragic one for my home church. I was deeply saddened by the sad and tragic news of Pastor Rick Warren’s son Matthew dying by suicide after a life-long battle with mental illness and depression. According to one report published in the Christianity Today blog, Kay Warren, Pastor Rick’s wife and Matthew’s Mom, mentioned that “... our youngest child struggles with bipolar disease...”