Pastor Rick Warren speaks about his son’s suicide and the unnecessary stigma attached to mental illness

Pastor Rick Warren on CNN’s Piers Morgan:

“Piers, any other organ in my body can get broken, and there’s no shame, no stigma to it. My liver stops working, my heart stops working, my lungs stop working, well I just say hey I’ve got diabetes –my pancreas or my adrenaline glands or whatever. But if my brain is broken, I’m supposed to feel bad about it, I’m supposed to feel shame. And so a lot of people who should get help don’t.”

Warren also said his son was completely loved and accepted by his family and extended family members: “If love could have kept my child alive, he would have been alive today.”


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