Lisa Vig serves as a gambling addiction counselor for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.
This edition explores how the relationship between religious leaders and mental health experts has changed in recent years.
Milesh Hamlai helped increase access to and use of medical treatments for mental illness in Ahmedabad, India, by creating the Dava and Dua Program, which seeks to bridge the gap between modern medicine and faith healing.
Carlos Eduardo Amaral is a professor of collective health at the University of Campinas in Brazil. He has studied how patients access mental health care in Brazil, which includes seeking faith healing or speaking with a religious leader.
Mark van Ommeren studies how traumatic experiences affect mental wellness for the World Health Organization.
Ricardo Araya directs the Centre for Global Mental Health at King’s College London. He specializes in developing affordable treatments to mental disorders and implementing them in resource-poor countries.
Laura Turner is a Christian writer and journalist who frequently explores the intersection of religion and mental health.
Gary Sibcy is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of counselor education at Liberty University. He has spoken about how pastors can prepare to help congregants experiencing a mental health crisis.
The Rev. Barbara F. Meyers leads mental health ministry for Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, California.