Being a Good Samaritan to the Mentally Ill and their Families

Photo by © Glow mages

Photo by © Glow mages

Many of us have had a brush with mental illness sometime during our life.  It may have been with a relative, a friend, or even have dealt with a mental illness ourselves.  Tim Mitchinson, a spiritual thinker, syndicated writer and colleague, shares his own and others stories of success in treating people who have been diagnosed with mental illness in a kinder, more empathetic way.  Let’s read what unique remedy Tim has discovered using his spiritual insight.

Most of the readers of the Peoria Journal-Star can recall the parable of the Good Samaritan. Finding a man who was attacked by thieves and left to die, this Samaritan stopped and helped the abandoned victim. He looked beyond religious and cultural prejudices of his day and saw a fellow human being who needed help. He bandaged his wounds, picked him up and took him to a place where he could rest and recover.

Individuals, families, community and faith-based groups are among those who are called upon today to be Good Samaritans to those dealing with all sorts of health issues.

“No one should ever be defined by an illness,” stated Angela Adkins, Executive Director for DuPage NAMI, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI has been operating as a Good Samaritan to the mentally ill and their families for 30 years. “We provide support, education and advocacy for individuals and their families who are living with mental illness,” Adkins explained.

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Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org.