Introducing Amy Simpson…guest blogger for Mental Health Month

MHM2013HorizontalBannerMay is National Mental Health Month, and our Key Ministry team has lots of great people and resources to share in support of churches seeking to serve families impacted by mental illness.

We’ll be kicking off the month with one of two guest blog posts from Amy Simpson. Amy is an extraordinarily gifted and passionate writer and leader in the church who experienced firsthand the impact of mental illness as the daughter of a mother with schizophrenia. Amy writes for Christianity Today  and is the author of the recently released book, Troubled Minds: Mental Health and the Church’s MissionTomorrow, Amy will be guest-blogging on the topic: Does Your Church Inadvertently Hurt People With Mental IllnessOn Mothers’ Day, Amy will blog on the topic A Call to the Church.

Check out the video introducing Amy and her family’s story below…you’ll get to meet her and learn more about her new book tomorrow.

DSM-5I’ll be doing a short series next week in honor of Children’s Mental Health Week examining the obstacles to fixing our country’s broken system of providing care for kids and teens with mental illness and their families and exploring ways in which the church might play a redemptive role in supporting families in need of care. Later in the month (or whenever it becomes available), we’ll be launching a series based upon the publication of the DSM-5, the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. We’ll look at some of the changes in diagnostic criteria likely to impact the care of children and teens, and help parents, church staff and volunteers to become more adept at recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness in kids.

Make a point of checking out and sharing Amy’s guest post tomorrow as we kick off our features for Mental Health Month.

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About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, www.church4everychild.org was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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