Healthy Minds, Healthy expression How should we think about mental health? About freedom of expression?
We had already finished our interview on Christians and mental health with Mark Vander Vennen, exec- utive director of Shalem Mental Health Network,
when the news hit like thunder that Rick Warren’s 27-year-
old son Matthew had committed suicide.
Warren, author of the influential and
best-selling book Purpose-Driven Life, is
a leading evangelical voice in the United
States, but his influence is global, including
Canada of course.
In his public statements after the tragic
death, Warren was transparent that his son
Matthew had struggled with mental health
issues his entire life. The Warrens’ extremely public tragedy
is a stark reminder that a being a follower of Christ does not
shield us from the hazards of being human.
Our interview with Vander Vennen sheds some light on
the particular way – both the strengths and vulnerabilities
– in which Christians deal with mental health issues.
The month of May includes mental health awareness
campaigns by several different organizations. Whatever
our level of participation, Christians can also clearly benefit
by addressing this topic together.
You will see from our stark cover image there is an-
other issue on the minds of a lot of Canadians these days.
Why is it so difficult to talk about abortion in Canada?
The experts quoted in Alex Newman’s cover story offer
some thought-provoking answers.
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