Liberty University Launches World’s First Center for Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Liberty University is launching the first global center of its kind for mental health, addiction and recovery.

This center will combine academic departments and multiple campus resources to work together on strategic partnerships and alliances that advance research and deliver education, training, advocacy and services.

“The vision and mission statement of this global center is to connect all schools collaboratively and bring together this wealth of information, because mental health touches everywhere,” said Dr Tim Clinton, who will be the leader. executive director. “Why wouldn’t an institution like Liberty take a step back and consider all of these issues and challenges?” With our already state-of-the-art resources in all of our disciplines, we can make a collective effort to demonstrate and defend why we hold fast to our Christian beliefs in mental health.

This center comes at a particularly relevant time.

“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States was already in the throes of a massive mental health crisis. Problems like depression, stress and anxiety, abuse, personality and obsessive-compulsive disorder, drug addiction and others have caused a wave of despair in our culture, and now the current pandemic and its societal issues and relationships have only taken one step. further, ”Clinton said.

According to the Census Bureau, 33% of Americans show signs of clinical depression or anxiety. Data from a Kaiser Family Foundation survey showed that 45% of American adults reported a negative impact on their mental health due to the stress and worry associated with COVID.

The National Alliance for Mental Health reported that 450 million people around the world are living with mental illness and nearly one in 25 adults in America is living with serious mental illness. Almost 60% of adults living with mental health problems have not been treated in the previous year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said national suicide rates increased 33% between 1999 and 2019.

Liberty University has released the Board of Trustees that will help bring their expertise to the new initiative.

  • Tim Clinton, Ed.D, LPC, LMFT; Executive director
  • Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D. Min. LPC; Associate Director
  • Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  • Darryl and Tracy Strawberry, Th.D., Strawberry Ministries
  • Cathy Hendrick Weeks, Motivational speaker and philanthropist
  • Matt Stanford, Ph.D.; CEO of Hope and Healing Center & Institute
  • Harold Koenig, MD; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University
  • Everett Worthington Jr., PhD; Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Lon Lynn, DO; Medical Director of Clinical Research for West Florida, Inc.
  • Jack Graham, D.Min., PowerPoint Ministries and Prestonwood Baptist Church
  • Jentezen Franklin, Senior Pastor of Free chapel church
  • Greg Jantz, Ph.D.; Founder of the Center: A place of hope
  • Janet Parshall; At the market with Janet Parshall
  • Craig Parshall, JD; Special advice for law and justice
  • Herb & Dona Fisher, Board of Directors of the James Dobson Family Institute

For more information about the center, visit the Liberty University website.

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