Eowyn on the Church’s Approach to Mental Health

Christian recording artist Eowyn spent 15 years on the road, connecting with teens and young adults within the church, many of whom struggled with mental health.“Every time I talked to church youth groups and I would ask, ‘How many of struggle with depression?’, at least 75% of them would raise their hands and it would blow my mind. And then, if I went one step further and said, ‘How many of you have contemplated suicide?’ at least a quarter of them would raise their hand as well,” Eowyn says.

Seventy-five percent of Americans identify as Christian. A study by Lifeway Research found that almost half of evangelical, fundamentalist, or born-again Christians believe prayer and Bible study alone are enough to overcome serious mental health issues.

These experiences alongside her own struggles with insecurity inspired, “For the Life of Me”, a Bible study for teens and young adults. The study includes a CD with 11 songs that correlate to each of the lessons, each designed to bring emotional healing, strengthen personal faith, and conquer anxiety and depression.

At the heart of the matter is a long standing belief within the church that mental health issues are a spiritual issue. As such, the solution to battles with anxiety, depression, or even suicidal ideation has been to have more faith, to pray more and to trust that God will take it all away.

While faith can play an important role in addressing mental health issues, it’s important to seek out all the resources available to you, and to understand there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

For more about Eowyn, her music, or to get your copy of For the Life of Me, go to eowynmusic.com.


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