No Mercy Ministries, your wish to do good is not enough

This piece by Mercy Survivor Chelsea was originally published on her personal blog, The Pink Propaganda, and can be viewed here.

On page 38 of Ministry Today Nov/Dec 2013 Edition of Ministry Today, Nancy Alcorn is quoted as mocking people who do not believe in her ministry:

I still don’t believe the church can possibly care for all those disturbed girls. Juvenile delinquents and unwed mothers, they’re the ones responsible for their situations, plus we pay taxes so the government can take care of them. Those girls need highly skilled, well educated professionals. A bunch of Christians with good intentions can’t possibly do much good”

In 2008, the Sydney Morning Herald did an interview with Dr Ian Hickie about Mercy Ministries. Dr Ian Hickie is a professor at the University of Sydney and founder of the Brain and Mind Research institute.  Professor Hickie is quoted as saying:

“One of the most important developments in mental health services over the past two decades had been a move from religious-based counselling to evidence-based practice.

Most of the non-government or community sector have moved very rapidly to a professional base, so while they maintain their core values they have also moved to make sure their services are scientifically based rather than religious-based.

Organisations purporting to provide health services had to be properly accredited, with qualified staff, safe facilities and regular reporting on the outcomes of those programs.  The wish to do good is no longer enough; the serious possibility that you do harm also must be a consideration.”

I feel that Mercy Ministries needs to take into serious consideration that their program may be doing more harm then good.

As one reason why they should exchange their treatment for mental illnesses from religious practices like deliverance sessions and prayer, I came across an article the other day that said that for the very first time in history they will be able to test for major depression with a simple blood test and already can with an MRI.

This is ample proof that mental illnesses are physical conditions and not choices that can be changed, like their counseling manual labels them.  “Choices That Bring Change”.  This is ample proof that that they need qualified therapists, 24/7 access to nurses and onsite doctors to monitor medications.

No, I’m sorry Nancy Alcorn, good intentions are NOT enough.  People are sick and it’s your civil duty to either take care of them properly or back out of the race.

And it’s anyone’s civil duty who supports them to demand that they adopt better practices for mental health illnesses.

Written By Chelsea