When you intersect powerful images with culturally relevant topics, you are bound to be inspired or frustrated. Maybe even both. Isn’t that what art is supposed to do? The images below by Steffen Kraft via his design studio ICONEO are profound. I’ve shared some of my favorites that has some tech connection, but I’d encourage you to go look at the rest. Do note, they are not Christian based. Despite this these culturally meaningful illustrations still matter and are worth our attention.
Yesterday you might have comes across “Your Life Matters” on social media. This is because it was international Suicide Awareness Day that promoted the hashtag #YourLifeMatters. One of the biggest Christians who advocated for ending mental health stigma and promoting suicide prevention was Jarrid Wilson. Sadly, we learned yesterday of this news:
It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that @JarridWilson went to be with the Lord last night.
At a time like this, there are just no words.
The Bible says, “There is a time to mourn.” This is certainly that time. Read more at https://t.co/EKJb7UJaki
— Greg Laurie (@greglaurie) September 10, 2019
I was asked to share some resources, so below I would ask that you, your church, and your congregation share some of these as well as implement others that you think would be good for your church.
As a clinical counselor, I have to reduce as many distractions as possible when I meet with my clients. My first month on the job, my phone was on vibrate sitting on my computer table and started vibrating due to a text message. My need for professionalism kicked in hard, I apologized profusely to the client, and put my phone on silent.
Months later, an accidental alarm was on my phone for something completely different that went off. In between sessions, I found Do Not Disturb and for the past six years have left my phone on this mode. Of course, if there is an emergency, my wife can contact support staff to get me, but I have yet to need that.
This post is a follow up to “What I Wish The Church Knew About Mental Health.” I’m going to skip conversations about developing awareness and educating yourself as well as others about details of mental health, so if you want to read up on it, click here.
For this conversation, we’re not debating on whether the Church should do anything for people with mental illnesses. This is a given. We’re also not debating creating a separate ministry that is completely removed from the general congregation, but an inclusive ministry. So if I had it my way, what would the Church do to integrate the conversation and acceptance of mental illness?
If you do not know about Unnecessary Inventions, let me be the first to introduce you to them. If you haven’t subscribed, I’d actually encourage you to go over there after finishing this article.
I’m going to be honest, the videos I have shared below are the ones that I find the most fun. The last one my wife watched and couldn’t stand the absurdity.
So I love me some John Crist, especially his webisodes that are really well thought out yet low-budget. The guy has talent with thought-provoking comedy, for sure. His jokes always seem to have several layers to them.
So I’m going to add an extra layer to a YouTube video he posted about Instagram Customer Support. I’m going to ask you to watch it and if you have any involvement with church communication, see the parallels of how this plays out. (I have my thoughts after the video)