Ten percent of women and 5 percent of men have a very serious level of depression, according to Dr. Mason Brown, chief medical information officer for Baptist Health Systems in Montgomery.
That means almost everyone comes in contact with someone struggling with the condition, whether it be a friend, family member or co-worker.
Educating the Church
And that’s why Taylor Road Baptist Church, Montgomery, is hosting a conference May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. called the Elephant in the Room to talk about depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
Brown, who has more than 30 years of experience practicing medicine, will lead the conference. He noted that the purpose of the talk was to help the Church know how to best show love to people walking through depression and to understand the condition from the perspective of both God and society.
“Depression is one of the most misunderstood conditions there is,” said Brown, a member of Taylor Road Baptist.
“We’re going to take depression and break it down into very simple pieces, and hopefully you will walk away with a high level of understanding.” (TAB)