Recently, there has been an overwhelming out-pour of women publicly exposing their sexual abusers. This abuse has been in the form of harassment, abuse of power and rape. These allegations themselves are not astonishing news to the American people. Over the years, women and even men have been taking brave and risky steps to be … Continue reading Breaking the Code of Sexual Abuse
October is Clergy Appreciation Month. During this month, many congregations acknowledge their pastors and ministers that provide them with spiritual leadership and support. This appreciation is deemed worthy because faithfully committed clergy have an important role that is packed with heavy responsibilities in the lives of those in their churches, communities and families. But do … Continue reading Ministers Silently Suffer from Mental Illnesses
Grief is a process that the bereaved must go through whenever a loved one has passed. And although no life is a greater loss than another, the manner that one dies can have a major impact on how family and friends deal with death. People tend to handle death better if it was expected. But … Continue reading Things You Never Say to Those Grieving a Death by Suicide
“Suicide is a silent killer and ‘It is the most preventable cause of death’ ” (Hastings 2017, p.75). If you find yourself living in the confinements of a dark place where hope no longer exists, suicidal thoughts can easily simmer into the circumference of your mind. But what do you do when you are imprisoned … Continue reading Silencing the Silent Killer
It's Friday! And depending upon your current situation, the last thing you want to read about is suicide as you prepare for a long weekend. If you are on cloud nine or even 10 and everything seems to be going well with you, then you think you have no interest in reading about preventing someone … Continue reading Suicide Prevention Month
It is no secret that the church or faith-based community encounters major barriers when it comes to dealing with the issue of mental health. As an advocate, I know how vital it is for those affected by a mental disorder to have unrestricted access to their support system. As a minister, I am aware of … Continue reading 3 Things Hindering the Church from Helping Hurting People
Everyone is anxiously waiting on the rare moment to watch one of God’s scientific wonders; the Eclipse! Well, at least pretty much everybody. Let’s be honest. You don’t have to be an astrologist to have a grand appreciation for what is considered a lifetime event. Any one with knowledge of what is going on, from … Continue reading Did You Know Some People Experience An Eclipse Everyday?
As another school year quickly begins, preparing children for that first day is the main thing on the mind of parents right now. The traditional To-Do list consists of shopping for school supplies and clothes, making beauty and barbershop appointments and organizing carpool and pickup schedules. All of these are important to making sure youth … Continue reading Ways That Parents Can Talk About Mental Health
Have you ever walked into a room that was new territory for you and felt like a large elephant? This is not an unusual feeling. But have you ever felt like an outcast among people you socialize with everyday or at least on a weekly basis? Some sensitive topics have become easier to discuss around … Continue reading Will You Start the Conversation?
Happy Saturday! I declare this will be a great day for you. Now it is up to you to receive it and walk in it! Today, my book of memoirs about my battle with depression is available for free through Amazon Kindle. I encourage you to take the time to download it. Why? Encouragement. You … Continue reading My Memoirs About Chronic Depression