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Normalize the conversation and break the stigma about mental health, say CP Stage panelists

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer for National WMU, led a conversation about mental health on the CP Stage in the Exhibit Hall prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention on June 10.

Oregon reverses drug decriminalization that led to more overdose deaths

SALEM, Ore. (BP) – Overdose deaths in Oregon increased 43 percent in the first year of the state’s attempt to combat drug abuse by decriminalizing possession of small amounts of controlled drugs, including fentanyl and other opioids.

Heroic pioneer missionary forgotten over mental illness

NASHVILLE (BP) – Thomas Jefferson Bowen was the first Southern Baptist missionary to focus on winning Muslims to Christ and the first missionary sent by the convention to Central or South America, but generations have not known his name.

Social media leaders receive heavy criticism over child exploitation in congressional testimony

WASHINGTON D.C. (BP) — In a dramatic moment, Mark Zuckerberg turned during a Senate hearing today and apologized to families whose children have been victims of online sexual exploitation through platforms such as his.

FIRST-PERSON: A message of hope

Mental health and wholeness are important topics to me. God has helped me so much and used people in my life to lift me from anxiety and depression, and I love to help others come out of their doldrums. So many in our world are depressed and in desperate need of hope.

In times of anger, choose joy, says author and radio host Brant Hansen

JUPITER, Fla. (BP) – The beginning of what promises to be a contentious political season isn’t very reassuring for those concerned with a rise in anxiety. Ninety percent of the public feels there is a mental health crisis, as shown by the need to bring in reserves to meet the demand for mental health care.

Southern Baptist helps Ukraine meet rising mental health care needs

LVIV, Ukraine (BP) – Baptists in the U.S. and abroad continue to help Ukraine meet mental health needs exacerbated by Russia’s latest war on the country, a conflict nearing its second anniversary.

Praying in an anxious society

Why are we so worried and what are we so worried about? No matter how we answer those questions, all of us can admit Americans are worried. The unpredictable economy, the immigration crisis, crime waves in American cities, and a war in the Middle East have done nothing to relieve our stress.

Senior adults suffer greatest increase as U.S. suicides near 50,000

ATLANTA (BP) -- Senior adults suffered the largest increase in suicides as nearly 50,000 Americans killed themselves in 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its latest report.

Cedarville graduate engages social work field after battling personal mental health challenges

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (BP) – Recent Cedarville University graduate Elisa Owens is already hard at work helping struggling youth through the social work field, despite enduring her own severe mental health challenges during her college years.