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Depression, Lent, and Easter

04/05/2021  |  ACMHM News

I am always relieved when the end of Lent arrives. Not because I found the giving things up part difficult. For the depressed person, giving things up is relatively easy. Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, the author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, once defined depression as a disorder “whose characteristic manifestation is an inability to appreciate sunsets.”

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Bishop Conley discusses extended sabbatical for mental health

by CNA Staff  |  03/09/2021  |  ACMHM News

Following a nearly year-long sabbatical to attend to his mental health, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln explained his experience with depression, seeking help, and his return to his duties as a bishop.

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Pope Francis says seeing a psychiatrist helped him with anxiety when he was younger

by Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency  |  03/02/2021  |  ACMHM News

Pope Francis has said that seeing a psychiatrist in Argentina helped him with anxiety when he was a younger priest in an interview published in an Argentine newspaper Saturday.

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The Deacon's Mic: When a Deacon's Daughter Dies by Suicide

by Deacon Greg Kanda, The Deacon's Bench  |  01/06/2021  |  ACMHM News

For this new edition of The Deacon’s Mic, I’m honored to talk with Deacon Ed Shoener, from the Diocese of Scranton. Ed created a new and vital ministry five years ago, when he wrote candidly — and movingly — about the suicide of his 29-year-old daughter.

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Bishop Conley of Lincoln Nebraska opens up about Mental Health Recovery

by Mary Farrow, Catholic News Agency  |  11/14/2020  |  ACMHM News

In December 2019, Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln announced he was going on a medical leave of absence.

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Deacon calls on Catholics ‘to be Church’ to those with mental illnesses,

by Michael Wojcik, The Beacon, Diocese of Paterson  |  10/10/2020  |  ACMHM News

Ministers in the Church have a special role when called to reach out to people trapped in the “dark tunnel” of pain and despair caused by mental illness: help them heal spiritually. They can do this by bringing these suffering persons the “light of Christ” and helping to fill them with hope in the truth that God and his Church love them and are ready to accompany them on their difficult journey.

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Saints who Confronted Suicidal Thoughts

by Meg Hunter-Kilmer, Aletia  |  09/12/2020  |  ACMHM News

Mental illness does not mean a lack of holiness, as these saints’ lives richly attest.

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Death of Brooklyn Priest Believed to be a Suicide

by Deacon Greg Kandra  |  08/17/2020  |  ACMHM News

As many of you might know, in the early hours of Sunday morning, 16 August, the Rev. Timothy Hirten, Ch. Maj., USAF, passed from this life. I ask you to offer Mass for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family. I am certainly deeply shaken by the tragic end of his life and I am certain that all who knew him are, as well.

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Australian bishops put mental health first as lockdowns magnify unseen battle faced by millions

by Mark Bowling, The Catholic Leader  |  08/04/2020  |  ACMHM News

With Australia still gripped by pandemic, “understanding and support” for mental health has been identified as a nationwide priority in the 2020 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference social justice statement.

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