Studies have shown as many as half of teens struggle with depression and anxiety. Kids are dealing with mental illness and have nowhere to turn. What is worse is many have no access to counselors or other healthcare professionals who can help them cope with their illness without paying high premiums out of pocket.
What can we do? I personally believe churches should hire counselors to work in their churches part-time (or if counselors attend their churches, encourage them to offer their services for a discounted rate) to attendees who need help. They can be used mightily for the Kingdom as well as defray the high costs healthcare can produce.
It is hard to raise children. No matter how hard it is to discern what your kids can handle and at what age, you can still rely on your church body to help you navigate the muddy waters of parenthood. Trust and encourage your children to see that boundaries are good and healthy things, allowing them to flourish in the right directions. Keep the lines of communication open, be aware of your kids’ maturity levels and set limits when applicable to help safeguard your kids against the tough problems they face today.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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