Rick and Kay Warren Host 24 Hour Online Conference Today on World Mental Health Day

Saddleback Church founders Rick and Kay Warren (PHOTO: SADDLEBACK PICS)
Saddleback Church founders Rick and Kay Warren (PHOTO: SADDLEBACK PICS)

Rick and Kay Warren are today hosting a 24 hour online conference looking at issues surrounding mental health and the Church.

24 Hours of Hope is designed to “encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate and support their families, and equip church leaders for compassionate and effective health ministry.”

More than 30 speakers will offer practical advice surrounding issues such as eating disorders, anxiety, crisis management and holistic care.

The Warrens’ son Matthew killed himself last year after a long battle with depression. They want to tackle some of the stigma surrounding mental illness and help those who are suffering.

“The day he [Matthew] died was the absolute worst day of our lives, and many people have asked us how we got through those darkest days of our despair, our grief and our sorrow, and the answer is Jesus Christ,” Rick said.

“It was our faith in him, our family, our church, our small group, our friends. You see, we weren’t made to go through the worst times of life on our own, and if you’re in pain right now, any kind of emotional or mental pain, you need other people in your life – you need the Church.”

The conference is being held today, World Mental Health Day.

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SOURCE: Christian Today
Carey Lodge

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