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5 Things To Do & Not Do For The Gen Z Mental Health Crisis

Tuesday June 7th, 2022

By : Ben Bennett
Source : Outreach Magazine

There’s an epidemic of mental-health misconception in the church, and it’s causing real harm to our youth. I know this from experience.

I started following Jesus at a young age and began struggling with anxiety and depression at eight years of age. I grew up with an angry father. When I was home, I tiptoed around his alcohol abuse and bullying. At school, the bullying would continue—most often from friends.

As a Christian, I knew Jesus wanted me to feel loved, accepted, and free. Christian leaders were mostly silent on these issues, but when they did address the topic I thought that finally the storm swirling inside of me would be calmed. But their well-intentioned advice seemed to make things worse: Just pray about it. Anxiety is sin, so trust Jesus more. Are you reading your Bible? And more. I followed their advice, but it didn’t help. 

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The Upcoming YLO themed “Troubled Kids/Crisis” is loaded with resources from Bob Lenz, Reggie Dabbs, Ben Bennett, Bob Demoss and others. 

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