In the wake of the high-profile suicides of CNN host Anthony Bourdain and iconic fashion designer Kate Spade last week, suicide survivor Apostle Bryan Meadows, leading Embassy Church International in Atlanta, has warned his congregation and followers to take care of their mental health and that pastors should not be treated like therapists.
“Creatives need PASTORS and THERAPISTS!!! Your Pastor is NOT your therapist, and your therapist is NOT your Pastor. While everyone should utilize these resources in their life, for the CREATIVE it’s absolutely necessary,” Meadows shared on Friday after Bourdain’s death was made public.
No matter who you are or what you have done, you are qualified to be a part of God’s family.❤❤
— Christian and Proud (@christianproud_) May 11, 2018
“When your life is spent processing intense stimuli, emotions and experiences, you have to address emotional and psychological constipation. When you are constantly living to make others happy and inspired, you need to understand how that takes a toll of your emotional and mental health.”
Meadows’ comments also come as a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week indicated that suicide rates have gone up by 30 percent across the U.S since 1999.
Kirk Franklin also took to Instagram to share on a more personal note:
What are we all doing to confront the stigma attached to mental health so more people feel free to open up. Let us discuss in the comments section.
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