Depression is often stigmatized, hushed, or ignored, even though many of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ suffer from it. Those who wrestle with depression know the struggle is very real and often very lonely. October is Depression Awareness Month, and guests Rev. Todd Peperkorn and Dr. Bev Yahnke talk about dealing with depression from a Lutheran worldview. Rev. Peperkorn and Dr. Yahnke cover issues such as coming to terms with a mental illness, assumptions society has about those who suffer from mental illness, resources that are available, and how a church family can support both church workers and fellow parishioners who suffer from mental illness.
Todd Peperkorn is the senior pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California. Rev. Peperkorn is the author of “I Trust When Dark My Road: A Lutheran View of Depression,” a blog on depression from a Lutheran viewpoint. View his blog at darkmyroad.org.
Dr. Beverly Yahnke is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Executive Director for Christian Counsel with DOXOLOGY, The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel. Learn more about DOXOLOGY at doxology.us.
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