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Do not blink

Avoiding, ignoring tough issues doesn't work

The Lutheran tackles two issues this month likely to spark a range of comment and reaction. Regardless, as a church family we can’t be shy about addressing our concerns.

The easier of the two, one would think, is “Facing suicide head on.” Religious taboos about suicide fell away decades ago. The problem remains, however, for the broader understanding of mental illness.

Depression isn’t “a character deficit, a human weakness, or a rare, untreatable, and permanent condition,” as an ELCA message on suicide prevention points out. Still, suggestions such as “suck it up” or “just deal with it” seem obvious as solutions to those without the disease. The problem with depression is there are no bootstraps to grab on to.


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