Last night we talked about anxiety and depression at Regen Church and I want to share a couple thoughts pertaining to that.
Before I get to that, let me mention that I think 13 Reasons Why connected so well with teenagers because it characterises what many young people are going through today. That being said, I do not “Recommend” watching it if you’re a teenager unless you’re watching with your parents and having conversations about it after each episode. I don’t think it accurately depicts the aftermath of sorrow that suicide causes except for in the last scene of the season. Take my opinion for whatever you think it’s worth 🙂
Two thoughts for people who struggle with anxiety and depression. One, talk to somebody – and I’ll add this: be willing to get help. Nobody can help if nobody knows what’s going on. It doesn’t reveal weakness to talk about things going on in our lives. It reveals our humanity. EVERYBODY is dealing with SOMETHING. Don’t be afraid, to be honest. Along with that, be willing to talk to and see people who can actually offer effective help. Second, have hope. That seems contradictory – I know it’s difficult to have hope when you struggle with anxiety and or depression. I think it’s a strategy of the enemy to make us feel as though we’re struggling alone, and like we’ll always struggle with what we’re struggling with. That’s not necessarily the case. There are MANY people who have struggled and overcome, and MANY people who have led incredibly impacting lives.
Two thoughts for people who don’t struggle with anxiety or depression. Be kind. You have no idea what you’re adding to when you say something casually behind someone’s back, or give someone a dirty look, or make a rude comment to someone’s face. We don’t know what happens when we’re not around people. Every interaction we have with people should be one where we seek to build up and encourage the people around us, and it costs you literally NOTHING to be kind. Second, care. It’s easy to think “They should just get over it” when it’s not your struggle. We need to be people who have love and empathy for those around us. It might not be your struggle, but it’s theirs, and they need people to care about them. So be that person.
If you’re struggling today, I want to encourage you to check out www.mindcheck.ca. It’s a great resource that even provides some preliminary testing to assess whether or not you might struggle with anxiety or depression, and recommends some practical steps that you can take if you do. Last, I want to encourage you to talk to someone TODAY. Don’t suffer in silence!