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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The world can offer a "survey" and the church should offer...

I still get a weekly email from WU's student news paper. This week's headline: SU Senate backs mental health education initiative for next year.

I don't disagree with the importance of "mental health" screening or education; however, I wonder how effective a tedious survey can really be compared to the listening ear of caring friend? And if the result of checking the wrong combination of boxes is a prescription, then supporting "mental health education" really isn't about caring for students and faculty. Nothing substitutes for people genuinely caring for people.

How much time do you dedicate to listening to your friends (family, co-workers, church members) and opening your ears for signs of depression or sadness?

What makes someone mentally unhealthy? Who defines that?

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