Care to Change https://www.caretochange.org Mon, 10 Feb 2020 03:03:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Why do we have a busy season for suicides? https://www.caretochange.org/why-do-we-have-a-busy-season-for-suicides/ https://www.caretochange.org/why-do-we-have-a-busy-season-for-suicides/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 03:03:23 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3763 As part of my role with the Hendricks County Mental Health and Wellness Coalition, and as QPR Instructor , I check in regularly with the Coroner’s office for updated statistics on local suicides. On a recent call, an employee shared the numbers and then remarked, “but we haven’t entered our busy season yet.” The remark shook […]

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Does being depressed make you a bad Christian? https://www.caretochange.org/does-being-depressed-make-you-a-bad-christian/ https://www.caretochange.org/does-being-depressed-make-you-a-bad-christian/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 02:51:54 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3754 It’s okay to love Jesus and have anxiety. Feeling depressed does not mean your faith just isn’t as strong as it should be. Mental health issues are not a sign that your prayer life is weak or flawed. Being depressed, or being anxious, or facing any other mental health challenge simply means you’re human. As […]

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What the church doesn’t know about marriage https://www.caretochange.org/what-the-church-doesnt-know-about-marriage/ https://www.caretochange.org/what-the-church-doesnt-know-about-marriage/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 02:27:15 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3756 When couples come to Care to Change for marriage counseling, we always ask about their support systems. Typically, they’ll mention a best friend and their church. We ask if they’re in a life group at their church, and they nearly always smile, nod, and tell us how much they enjoy those groups. But when we […]

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Finding your smile in the middle of depression, anxiety and PTSD https://www.caretochange.org/finding-your-smile-in-the-middle-of-depression-anxiety-and-ptsd/ https://www.caretochange.org/finding-your-smile-in-the-middle-of-depression-anxiety-and-ptsd/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 00:30:50 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3749 High School was a really difficult time in my life. My home life was dysfunctional at best which often led to shouting matches and fights with my parents. It was my Junior Year, however, that something inside of me changed. I became a Christian and found this joy that never made any sense because despite […]

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Mourning the loss Kobe Bryant https://www.caretochange.org/mourning-kobe-bryant/ https://www.caretochange.org/mourning-kobe-bryant/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 11:30:41 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3738 Growing up around Indianapolis in the 90s meant watching the great Reggie Miller drain threes from “downtown” for the Pacers. Listening to with Slick Leonard scream “boom baby” after every three, despising the Detroit Pistons, and being glued to your tv every time the Pacers faced the Knicks, waiting to see what Reggie would do […]

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Faith alone won’t fix anxiety and depression https://www.caretochange.org/faith-alone-wont-fix-anxiety-and-depression/ https://www.caretochange.org/faith-alone-wont-fix-anxiety-and-depression/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:13:25 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3725 It’s okay to love Jesus and have anxiety. Feeling depressed does not mean someone’s faith just isn’t as strong as it should be. Mental health issues are not a sign that an individual’s prayer life is weak or flawed. Many of the old stigmas surrounding mental health challenges have slowly been disappearing. Medical science has […]

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Why should you care about trauma-competent classrooms? https://www.caretochange.org/3719-2/ https://www.caretochange.org/3719-2/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:08:57 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3719 Why do some children sit in a classroom, listen attentively, and behave well, while others find it almost impossible to focus and lash out against the adults who are trying to teach them? For generations, the assumptions have been about how they were raised or how effectively their parents disciplined them. That may have been […]

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Suicide and your congregation https://www.caretochange.org/suicide-and-your-congregation/ https://www.caretochange.org/suicide-and-your-congregation/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:04:18 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3712 Death is inevitable and inescapable, and for many church leaders, it represents the most challenging part of ministering to congregations. Watching people grieve and contend with loss is difficult, even when their faith is strong and they know their loved one has returned to the Lord’s side. Suicide takes the challenge of loss to a […]

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What happens when you’re no longer capable of caring? https://www.caretochange.org/what-happens-when-youre-no-longer-capable-of-caring/ https://www.caretochange.org/what-happens-when-youre-no-longer-capable-of-caring/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:57:12 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3706 Bethann was the friend everyone wanted to have. Growing up, she was the one who was there for all her friends … and anyone else, for that matter. No matter the issue, people saw caring in her eyes and knew she’d listen thoughtfully and have the right answer. She even became a confidant to the […]

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Leader’s lines: Take Courage https://www.caretochange.org/leaders-lines-be-not-afraid/ https://www.caretochange.org/leaders-lines-be-not-afraid/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:41:54 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3696 It takes great courage to lead a congregation … and perhaps even more to stand before that congregation and explore topics that are awkward, embarrassing, or challenging to discuss. Issues related to mental health are among the toughest subjects for church leaders to tackle, yet today we cannot afford to sidestep them. We know your […]

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