Mother Teresa: A Case Study in Christian Mental Health Stigma

 Presented by Dr. Jessica Coblentz, 10/20/20

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The posthumous publication of Mother Teresa’s diaries made public the saint’s struggle with intense sadness. In the Catholic world, these revelations sparked debates about her mental health: Was Mother Teresa depressed? In this lecture, Dr. Jessica Coblentz explores the assumptions about depression and Christian holiness that emerged in these debates and considers their relationship to mental health stigma. Coblentz also invites participants to reflect on Christianity’s contributions to mental health stigma as well as possibilities for counteracting it in church and society. 

Jessica Coblentz is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies & Theology at Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN).