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The Evangelist
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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  • Pre-ordering the starvation of people with dementia
    My 95-year-old mother has severe dementia. The disease has robbed her of the ability to do so many things she used to fully appreciate in her life: plant her tomato and cucumber seeds in the garden and lovingly nurture them through the summer; read the Reader’s Digest from cover to cover every month; put on her best dress and jewelry to go to church; and never miss anyone’s birthday with a card, a handwritten note or a gift.
  • How do Catholics treat families living with mental health issues?

    The families of those who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem often suffer in silence. The stigma attached to having a major depressive disorder, an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction or any mental health diagnosis is huge. The surprising thing is that these families sit next to us every weekend at Mass.

  • In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, The Evangelist sat down with Harley McDevitt, head of pastoral care for the Albany Diocese, to discuss the Diocese’s recent and forthcoming initiatives to help local Catholics better their state of mental health.
  • Assisted suicide legislation has fatal flaws
    The legal flaws in the so-called “Medical Aid in Dying Act” assisted suicide legislation pose real dangers to the public and to vulnerable patients. In our view, there is no way to fix this legislation, and we will oppose any bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide.
    Reflections and resources for dealing with mental illnesses....
  • '13 Reasons Why' TV series sparks creation of mental health committee
    What began as a way to address the media furor around the Netflix television series "13 Reasons Why" has ended with the formation of a mental health awareness committee for the Albany Diocese.
  • A biblical path to good health
    "A fool gives vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control" (Prv 29:11).
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month
    There are many things we celebrate during May: First Communions, Mother's Day, Memorial Day. There is one topic we probably are not talking about: May is Mental Health Awareness month.
    A special section on spiritual, emotional and physical health in the Albany Diocese....

  • Cathy LaFond Evans hasn't always understood mitochondrial disease. "That's one of the reasons I do what I do," she says.

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