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Forum highlights churches' role in mental health

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | Lyla Bailey

By Jessica Vanderpool
Arkansas Baptist News

Changing Attitudes: The Church & Mental Health

Suicide. Anxiety. Depression.
These words often seem taboo in churches. But attitudes are changing.

Changing Attitudes was the theme of a mental health forum held Dec. 1 by Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock. About 250 people attended the event.

Garrick Conner, discipleship pastor at Park Hill Baptist Church, said the idea of “changing attitudes” refers to two things: (1) how the Church’s attitude is already changing in regard to ministering to those with mental and emotional issues and (2) how the Church needs to help change others’ attitudes and fight the stigma associated with mental issues.

The forum emphasized how churches can help those with mental illness, and it highlighted area resources like support groups and counseling services.

The event featured a series of short talks on mental health topics. Speakers were Conner; Aaron New, behavioral sciences chair and associate professor of psychology and counseling at Central Baptist College, Conway; Mike Davis, police chief for the North Little Rock Police Department; Alan Pogue, co-owner of Pogue Counseling, North Little Rock; Randy Walker, therapist at Counseling Services of Jacksonville; Vicki Stanley, board member of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Foundation for ...

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