Christ on the Psych Ward: Sharing Stories of Mental Health Struggles and Faith

David Finnegan-Hosey

Fri 10 AM | Workshop

“Christ on the Psych Ward” is a story-sharing based on the author’s experiences of mental illness, recovery, and faith. In telling his story, he weaves together threads of personal experience, spiritual reflection, and ministry praxis. By ”going first” with his own story of mental illness and mental health, he opens up the space for other participants to share their own stories of mental health struggles in their personal lives, family lives, and/or communities of faith. Rather than simply a book reading or presentation, we will work together to create a shared storytelling space of courage, lament, vulnerability, and hope.

David Finnegan-Hosey

David Finnegan-Hosey is a chaplain and campus minister. He currently serves as chaplain-in-residence at Georgetown University, having previously worked with campus ministries at American University and the University of Hawaii. He holds an M.Div from Wesley Theological Seminary and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. He is certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to provide initial help to people experiencing depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders. In 2011, David was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a series of psychiatric hospitalizations. He now speaks and writes about the intersections among mental illness, mental health, and faith. You can learn about his book, Christ on the Psych Ward, at, and read more of his writing on his blog, Foolish Hosey. David lives in Washington, DC with his wife Leigh and their dog Penny Lane.

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Session #49