RENEWAL is designed to offer hope and comfort to people suffering from mental health disorders or addiction disorders, and support to the people who love them. Our approach is based on respect for the dignity of the people we serve and the belief that through a faith-based program, life-changing results are possible.

RENEWAL: Christian Treatment and Recovery is an optional treatment supplement available through Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At Brookhaven, we understand that when you are suffering from an eating disorder, a personality disorder, a behavioral health disorder or chemical dependency, life can seem utterly hopeless. It can cause Christians to feel abandoned and distant from God. However, by strengthening your spirituality, in conjunction with our professional medical services, you can experience results that you never thought were possible.

RENEWAL is based on the belief in:

God who created us and loves us (Genesis 1:26)
Jesus Christ who redeems us (Isaiah 53:5)
The Holy Spirit who guides us (Acts 1:8)

When you participate in RENEWAL, you’re part of something much bigger than yourself. Brookhaven clients receive expert care from our team of mental professionals. Treatment is solution-focused and success-oriented. Our goal is to minimize symptoms, help individuals address life problems and live fulfilling lives. Sometimes healing requires a helping hand. We’re here to provide the guidance and support you need to recover.

Christian Care
The RENEWAL program at Brookhaven Hospital incorporates your faith into the recovery process in order to address your physical, mental and spiritual needs

Christian Drug Rehab
Our program provides a nurturing atmosphere that allows you to sober up and strengthen your bond with God.

Christian Bulimia Treatment
Individuals with bulimia alternate between compulsive binge eating and purging. Without treatment bulimia can be deadly. Brookhaven’s RENEWAL program can offer medical, psychological and faith-based eating disorder treatments.

PTSD Treatment
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after a traumatic event. Without getting proper help it can be debilitating. Strengthening your faith can help you confront the past and form a brighter future.

Christian Healing
When you are part of the RENEWAL program, you are part of something bigger than yourself. You are part of a support system based on professional medical care as well as spiritual guidance.

Compulsive Overeating
When you suffer from compulsive overeating disorder, your meals and your life can seem out of control. Take a faith-based approach to your eating disorder treatment at RENEWAL.

Anorexia Treatment
Anorexia is characterized by the restriction of food intake and the refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. Without getting help, anorexia can be life-threatening.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Everyone experiences ups and downs, but when you’re suffering from bipolar disorder life can seem out of control. Brookhaven’s RENEWAL program incorporates your spirituality into an advanced behavioral health program.

OCD Treatment
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can fill your life with uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) and rituals (compulsions) and stand in the way of relationships and your career.

The AP Changes How We Talk About Mental Health

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As a writer and avid media critic, I am always keenly aware how word choice can affect our perception of an issue. While some argue against the constant revisions of our language and media to being “overly politically-correct,” our rhetoric actually has a huge impact on our understandings of topics and the emotions we develop towards those issues.

I am also someone working with mental health issues and interested in the social stigma that accompanies them, so a new entry to the Associated Press Stylebook governing how to describe and address mental illness was music to my ears.

The AP Stylebook is the definitive guide to language used in American journalism. Not only does the Associated Press follow these rules, but they are also adapted by most major media outlets as well as numerous smaller news sources. It directs the discourse through restrictions on language. For this reason, it is important when the AP Stylebook adds direction on how and when to address mental health.

The new entry specifically mandates that journalists “avoid unsubstantiated statements by witnesses or first responders attributing violence to mental illness. A first responder often is quoted as saying, without direct knowledge, that a crime was committed by a person with a ‘history of mental illness.’ Such comments should always be attributed to someone who has knowledge of the person’s history and can authoritatively speak to its relevance to the incident.”

Not only will this allow us to put more time and research into unsubstantiated statements in the midst of a tragedy, it is a massive step towards a mental health rhetoric that treats sufferers with dignity and respect, as well as accuracy. As Amy Simpson points out, irresponsible journalism is largely responsible for the common myths and misconceptions held about mental illness sufferers, specifically the notion that people with mental illness are more prone to violence and could be considered dangerous to the general populace.

This has been proven time and time again to be untrue. The proven best predicting factor of violence is by far substance abuse, but mental illness has no significant causation to violence. This belief is so widespread, even the U.S. Surgeon General’s office has released a statement explaining, “There is very little risk of violence or harm to a stranger from casual contact with an individual who has a mental disorder…the overall contribution of mental disorders to the total level of violence in society is exceptionally small.”

The new AP guidelines also stipulate that journalists, “Do not use derogatory terms, such as insane, crazy/crazed, nuts or deranged, unless they are part of a quotation that is essential to the story.”

It is not unheard of for journalists to use those common derogatory terms without realizing they are akin to using a slur towards any other group of people and contributing to the negative depiction of mental health issues. When more than one in five people is believed to be dealing with a mental health issue at any given time, using language such as “nuts” or “crazy” when discussing someone with a mental health issue is not just irresponsible, it is hurting our general public health and happiness by shaming those who are struggling.

It’s about time we’ve started to change the way we talk.

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