I'm Trapped Inside My Head
Millennials, Mental Health, and Process Theology
hearing the feelings with help from Emily Reo (musician) and
thinking about faith with help from Monica Coleman (theologian)
Anxiety and Depression among College Students
[There are] more than 5 million college students struggling with mental health, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the country’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Rates of anxiety and depression in particular have skyrocketed in what many are calling a crisis of mental health on college campuses....
More students than ever come to college on medication or in treatment for mental health problems, according to a report by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2015. More than 25 percent of college students have a diagnosable mental illness and have been treated in the past year, according to NAMI.
-- Laura Heck, Vox Magazine, A Generation on Edge,, Michigan University
Trapped Inside My Head
"It's an ongoing battle beteen you and your mind."
Faith and Depression:
The Process Theology of Monica Coleman
Anxiety and depression are on the rise among millennials in the United States. If we are among them, Monica Colement tells us that the love at the heart of the universe -- God -- does not will our anxiety or depression, but understands our feelings in a deeply empathic way. Even as we might be anxious and depressed, God knows and loves us from the inside.
Waiting in Depression
Getting up again and again
About Monica Coleman's Book
from Publisher's Weekly
"Coleman (Making a Way Out of No Way), a Claremont School of Theology professor, traces how mental illness and rape have shaped her Christian faith. Burdened by her sharecropping great-grandfather's suicide in 1920s South Carolina, which cast the shadow of depression down the family line, Christian practice was always the default: "In my family, going to church is like brushing teeth.... Good spiritual hygiene." Taking ownership of her faith was a long journey complicated by severe recurrent depression and being sexually assaulted multiple times. As Coleman went further in her theological studies, she was sustained by music and dance, therapy, African-American literature, and churchgoing. The closer she drew to ministry, the more she questioned whether she, a damaged soul, dared minister to others. Highlights of this sensitive memoir include establishing the Dinah Project for victims of sexual violence and holding a memorial service for her former self—"Rituals helped me integrate the trauma of rape in my life," she writes. The cycle of broken relationships can feel repetitive, and dating chapters by their relation to painful events doesn't wholly overcome the chronological drag. However, this empowering story of depression and healing is inspiring, and it successfully shows womanist and process theology in practice. Coleman's courage shines through in this fine memoir." (July)