Some Simple Facts

•The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, mental illness will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide, after heart disease.

•Major mental disorders cost the nation at least $193 billion annually in lost earnings alone, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health‘s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

•When workers with depression were treated with prescription medicines medical costs declined by $882 per employee per year and absenteeism dropped by 9 days (Health Economics).

•Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24. Treating cases early could reduce enormous disability, before mental illnesses become more severe.

•One in four adults experiences a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, including our returning troops. One in ten children has a serious mental or emotional disorder.

•Suicide is the third leading cause of death for America’s youth ages 15-24. More youth and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined. The vast majority of those who die by suicide have a mental illness-often undiagnosed or untreated.

•Our jails and prisons are now the largest psychiatric wards in the nation, housing well over 350,000 inmates with serious mental illness compared to approximately 70,000 patients with serious mental illness in hospitals.

•One out of every five community hospital stays involves a primary or secondary diagnosis of mental illness.

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Source: NAMI.org

Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alask.a (Actually I have it pretty good.)

2 thoughts on “Some Simple Facts”

  1. Interesting question, I needed to think it through before I commented. I too, suffer from major health problems. I guess I always thought for myself that I would use med MJ if it would help. But I have to admit, that once I started I would prob. use it all the time, regardless of severity of symptoms. That is just the way I am. Second, I would worry about smoking it in front of others. Explaining it doesn’t mean you would condone it. I know a lot of impressionable people who would find it very challenging. As a preacher I can’t imagine preparing or preaching under the influence.

    Is it a sin? No. But it brings a ton of issues into play that demands consideration. You might try it for a month, bringing a couple of others into the decision-making process. 1 Cor. 8:9 is a critical verse. Also, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18).

    Take a look at this site, I found it to be of good use: http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/marijuana.html#S1QrUAl4mlyB

    I would proceed carefully, its like a minefield with so many issues. Pray hard about it, make sure its the spirit and not the flesh making decisions.

    ybic, Bryan Lowe

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