Troubled Minds (book)

Amy Simpson’s book provides a bracing reminder of the Church’s need to minister to those with mental illness. Simpson, who has a family history of mental illness, reminds us that these people are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and it is paramount to minister to them with our whole heart. She also discusses the plight of families of the mentally ill, who get little support from their faith communities and must suffer in stigmatized silence. We must also minister and stand in solidarity with them. Discuss with young adults how you might stand in solidarity with the mentally ill; perhaps you could also visit a member of your parish with mental issues if their family gives permission.