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The world we live in expects instant results.  Just pop a pill for immediate relief … lose 20 pounds in a weekend … the list goes on and on.  The truth is, there are some things that aren’t cured overnight.  One of them is mental illness.
There have been two cases recently of pastors suddenly taking their own life.  “I had no idea he was suffering,” “he had everything going for him, such a lovely family, church growing” ….  Depression can be hidden easily until a person reaches the tipping point.
Since my original post on depression (“A Silent Killer,” June 10, 2018), I’ve received feedback from multiple sources.  One in particular has a wealth of information, “A Blueprint When Feeling Blue: How A Mental Health Diagnosis Can Be Empowering”.  I encourage you to read this as a step toward better understanding depression.
I lived with mental illness in my family for years.  I didn’t tell anyone due to the social stigma I felt by admitting there was a problem.  However, once I understood the disease and the advances made to combat it, I was able to confront the problem head on.
I would tell anyone suffering from depression not to give up.  There is hope and help available.  Tell those around you how much you appreciate and care about them.  This is good practice for all of us.  The very people who provide comfort in our hour of need could be the very ones who need to hear your words of encouragement.
Psalm 40:1-2          “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

 

Tagged: depression, encouragement, healing, hope, mental illness, suicide

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