|| m e n t a l h e a l t h || let’s talk mental health for a hot minute. Depression. Anxiety. Worthlessness. I know the struggle all too well. The stigma around mental health is not as taboo as it once was, but I still feel that the shame of admitting that you’re not okay is just as real today, as it ever was. It can be a huge chore just to pull yourself out of bed somedays. I know that pretending you’re okay seems to be the only option. I know that actually diving into your issues can seem downright unbearable. Segregation comes easy, & distancing yourself from people who truly care may feel like the only option. The downward spiral into darkness as you pull away, continues to grow deeper & deeper until you can’t even see the light at all. At your darkest it seems like this is your life. It feels like nothing will or can ever change & at times it feels like you are destined to be this way forever. That dark place is empty, scary, hopeless, & lonely. Until you’ve felt the ache of mental illness I don’t think you really understand how hard it is to open up & be vulnerable…but man oh man is it necessary! We have an enemy who comes to kill, steal, & destroy, and the biggest lie that loser will tell you is that you are alone & nobody cares. But it NEEDS to become your truth that it is a LIE.
From the depths of my hopeless depression, Jesus placed me in the midst of people who not only helped me climb out of that hole, but they sincerely loved & cared about getting me out of it. Jesus helped me to realize the lie for what it was. People DID care, I DID need help, & Jesus showed me that I seriously could not do it on my own. There is hope! There is always hope. Trust (as hard as it is)that Jesus will bring you into a brighter future, & trust that Jesus will show you people who not only will help, but want to help. Cling to His word, for it is truth, & take that first step! You are worth so much more than you know. This will NOT be your life. If He can help get me out, He can help get anyone out.
Hebrews 6:19 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”