The High Desert Mental Health Summit held at High Desert Church (HDC) last week aimed to gather and create a community of professionals, advocates, and those with life experience to start a conversation about mental health.
I grew up in a fundamentalist church culture that demanded outward performance, to the detriment of genuine faith. Because my brain didn't work like other Christians I knew, I learned to blend in and keep my mouth shut.
“What fellowship has light with darkness?” Many people think that Scriptures like this one indicate true mental illness can’t exist in someone filled with the Holy Spirit. The problem with this line of thinking, though, is that it equates mental illness with demonic possession.