Dr. Aaron Kheriaty: The Church’s Response to Mental Illness and the Suicide Epidemic

Today we present John Stonestreet’s interview with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, director of the bioethics program at UC Irvine, about the church’s response to mental illness and the nation’s growing suicide epidemic. What advice does Dr. Kheriaty have for those with loved ones struggling with mental illness. How can the church support them?


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  • Katherine

    Spiritual factors play a larger part than is being talked about. Clinical and medical help does not take into account the attacks from Satan and his spiritual warfare agenda. I am a mentally ill person who can make such a case in this regard. Until Satan is recognized as the main factor in suicide and mental illness sufferers within institutions, then solutions to these problems will escape us. I hope my statements will be taken seriously and not as a joke. God bless and thank you.

    • gladys1071

      The problem is that stating that mental illness is spiritual warfare is a statement of faith, not a scientific conclusion, and it cannot be proven.

      Medication for mental illness does work for many people, so what does that mean?

      It would be very difficult to convince doctors/psychiatrist of such, since they do not operate on the basis of spiritual beliefs.

      I take your statements seriously, but the medical community and psychologists will not.

      You cannot prove religious beliefs.