Oct 29, 2019
Mental illness and other mental health issues are common among
the human population, including among those who attend church and
wrestle with religious questions. Sufferers may struggle to feel
beloved and "seen" within their faith communities. In this episode,
Susan Hinckley and I talk about our experiences growing up in homes
deeply affected by mental illness. We also discuss the ongoing
challenge of navigating these illnesses in our personal lives, as
well as ways we each feel blessed by our unique difficulties and
the wrestles into which they have led us.
We explore some of the reasons mental illness is perhaps considered more taboo and something to hide within religious (including Mormon) communities. What theological hurdles does mental illness bring into play? How might it create real or assumed distance from other members of our congregations?
We talk about bright spots that indicate an effort to normalize these struggles for Latter-day Saints, but also dive into the challenging effects of mental illness on personal spirituality and one's sense of connection with the Divine.
This is a very personal episode but one we hope you'll connect with, and share with anyone who might benefit from an open discussion of this topic. We'd love to foster increased awareness and conversation—in our homes, church communities, and within ourselves.