Rev. Dr. Vic Hunter, senior pastor at First Christian Church and local pastoral counselor, will speak about depression on May 8, 7 p.m., at the First Church of God in New Martinsville. All are welcome to attend.
Hunter specialized in the relationship of religion and psychiatry at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He is the co-author of “What Your Doctor and Pastor Want You To Know About Depression” and “Living Free In An Anxious World” with his brother, a medical doctor, R. Lanny Hunter.
Depression is characterized by a number of common symptoms. These include a persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood, and feelings of hopelessness or pessimism that last nearly every day for weeks on end. A person who is depressed also often has feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.
“The need for mental health support is really great–here and across West Virginia,” noted Hunter.
Hunter and his congregation at First Christian Church have developed the Disciples Center for Human Wholeness, 515 Maple Ave., adjacent to and south of the church at the corner of Locust Street and Maple Avenue. Among other things, the center hosts a group for depression and anxiety on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
The May 8 talk is open to those in sixth grade and older; childcare will be provided. Transportation is also available. If needed call the First Church of God at 304-455-3453.