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The Mental Health Series: Anxiety & Depression with Kay Warren

In our first ever podcast series on mental health, we sought out a series of voices that represent both the clinical and personal understanding of how mental illness can impact us all. Whether you are concerned about your own mental health, or that of someone you love, we think you’ll find hope and next steps in this three part series. Our first guest is Kay Warren who talks about her own struggle with depression and losing her son Matthew to suicide. This interview covers both Kay’s personal story and the practical knowledge she now has around how to care for ourselves when we are in a depressive state, signs a child or teenager might be struggling, and how to reach out for help.

Kay shares when she suspected her “feelings” might be depression, when she suspected her son might be dealing with more than a sad phase, the loneliness she felt as his mental illness became more complex and acute, and the opportunities she thinks the church has in caring for people suffering from mental illness. Kay shares openly because she wants to remove the stigma of mental illness, especially within Christian circles. She is using her own pain as a catalyst to help others in theirs.

As a founder (with her husband Rick Warren) of Saddleback Church, Kay is a prominent voice in Christian circles. She is now using her voice to educate church leaders on mental illness and resource them so they can better support and serve their congregants who are struggling. You will find this episode to be both inspirational and practical, knowing you can find help as you work toward mental health and support others to do the same.

You can connect with Kay on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

You can listen to this conversation on iTunes

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Some things you heard mentioned on the show:

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness by Matthew Stanford

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission by Amy Simpson

Kay’s website,

Some things Kay said:

“It’s hard when you’re the one suffering and then you also need to educate people on your suffering.”

“1 in 5 teenagers is living with a mental illness.”

“Mental illness is real, it’s common, and it’s treatable.”

“Control the controlables and leave the uncontrolables to God.”

“It’s not a sin to be sick.”

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