What You Will Hear
This episode of Where Faith Grows is all about mental health. Lexie and I recorded this one a while ago, but oh I cannot WAIT to share it with you now!
Lexie and I start by discussing her last few years. She is in her internship year of a graduate program in clinical mental health counseling at Auburn University. We discuss Lexie’s experience as a Christian in a secular mental health program, including the challenges and benefits that go along with that.
Then, Lexie and I talk about the concept of “leaving your views at the door”. We discuss how the church has dealt with mental health in recent years, and how Lexie sees room for improvement.
Lexie and I dive deep into the ways we potentially damage the healing of people in mental health crisis, from the concept of “just praying about it” to the idea that everything happens for a reason. We talk about finding a healthy balance between portraying Jesus’ love while also giving tangible resources to promote a more positive mental health experience.
Finally, Lexie and I talk about how Jesus fits into true mental health healing, and Lexie gives real and practical resources to take your next step if you are finding yourself in need of support.
This episode means so much to me – to hear about Lexie’s firsthand experience with mental health and to hear her story of overcoming moved me. I also am learning to think differently about how we, as Christians, deal with mental health. I can’t wait for you to join us! Don’t forget to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and share it with a friend if you love it! If you share about this episode on social media, be sure to use #wherefaithgrowspodcast so I can see what you are learning and loving!
Connect with Lexie
Lexie Walden is currently an Auburn University grad student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (which is basically a fancy way of saying she is studying to be a therapist.)
She is currently completing her internship year where she works in a community mental health center. She is also working as a graduate assistant for Auburn University Housing.
In her free time, she enjoys playing board games with friends, going out and playing trivia or bingo, and hanging out at local coffee shops.
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