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 Lexicon: International Media Guide for Mental Health

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By some estimates, mental illness affects one in four individuals at some point during life. However, even though mental illness is a common occurrence, stigma attached to it is still rampant. American and European societies have developed a great amount of sensitivity to a variety of issues surrounding discrimination; considering this “great sensitivity,” why is it that such great stigma is still attached to mental illness? This stigma not only affects an individual’s self-esteem but can prevent one from the basic functions needed to succeed in life. For instance, many employers ask questions regarding past mental health issues during the hiring process and, according to one advocacy group, fewer than 20 percent of those with serious mental illness are able to hold down a job.

Many of the improper ideas that the public has about mental illness are created by literary fiction, TV drama and film, even television news-reporting and news publications. For this reason, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has begun a publications program to target media leaders. “The Lexicon: International Media Guide for Mental Health” is a guide to be placed in the hands of senior journalists across the world that gives both information on different types of mental illness as well as examples of appropriate language for discussion. The Lexicon is one of many initiatives by WFMH to end the stigma associated with mental illness, stigma that, according to a recent survey conducted by AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company, is felt by 88 percent of individuals with bipolar disorder. The following is an excerpt of an article from Medical News Today that discusses the WFMH initiative more:

The WFMH and six other patient advocacy groups recently collaborated on a publishing initiative for journalists titled “The Lexicon: International Media guide for Mental Health” with the help of an educational grant from AstraZeneca. “The Lexicon” has been designed in consultation with people with first-hand experience of mental illness as well as senior journalists, to help journalists promote responsible and accurate coverage of mental health issues and to give a balanced perspective. Journalists can consult “The Lexicon” when writing news stories involving a mentally disturbed person to select appropriate terminology and to write with sensitivity instead of opting for pejorative labels. It includes expert contact details, facts and statistics about mental illness, the correct definition of much misused terms like “schizophrenic” and “split personality”, and gives examples of good and bad reporting.

Discussing “The Lexicon” at a recent AstraZeneca media event, WFMH immediate past president Dr Patt Franciosi said: “It shows journalists how to replace words that hurt with words that could help”. Instead of terms no better than playground insults such as “nutter”, “psycho”, “schizo” and “sicko”, The Lexicon suggests instead using the person’s correct diagnosis or a term such as “disturbed” which does not carry condemnation. Before publishing a story involving a mentally ill person, Dr Franciosi suggests journalists should ask themselves if mentioning a diagnostic label is relevant. She advises. “Read it through and ask yourself – is this offensive? If it involved a relative of yours, would you want someone to say that about them?” The Lexicon is available from the website www.forum4mentalhealth.com/lexicon.

Click here to read the rest of this article from Medical News Today

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