Don’t go it alone…
September is suicide prevention month. Mental illness is a quiet battle many face. Mental illness presents many challenges – not the least of which is the stigma that too easily comes with it. The stigma of thinking “No one else struggles” or “I don’t want others to look or treat me differently” so I’d rather just deal with it on my own. In my own way. No one else needs to know.
DON’T GO IT ALONE
Depression and other mental illnesses make us think that we need to handle our own business, but it’s okay to not be okay. We have this propensity to think that everyone has it “all together.” But they don’t. No one is perfect. Their lives aren’t perfect. Their relationships aren’t perfect. I don’t care what they post on social media – they don’t have it all together.
Don’t believe the lies.
God loves you.
He created you. He knows you. He knows the struggles you’re facing. Even the ones you hide in the darkest of corners. He still loves you.
It’s a simple truth that can still be difficult even for people who serve in churches. Yesterday Jarrid Wilson a well-liked and nationally known pastor took his own life. He struggled with depression almost his entire life. He created an organization called Anthem of Hope which serves to help those battling with mental illness.
Jared knew Jesus and loved him immensely. He impacted thousands of lives preaching and living out the gospel. And he still struggled. It’s okay to not be okay…
If you or someone you know is struggling don’t go it alone. You can call 1800 273 8255. If you don’t want to talk on the phone with somebody you can text “Home” to 741741. Just don’t go it alone.