Depression does not discriminate

Depression does not discriminate. It is all too real for all too many of us. I don’t have all the answers, but I pay attention when I hear about good resources.  Tonight I want to share some of these resources with my readers. Because chances are you know someone who is suffering from depression and you want to offer practical help.  I shall offer 4 resources.

Suicide Prevention that is Practical to Non-Profressionals

1. Suicide Prevention: Hope When Life Seems Hopeless by June Hunt.  One of the most practical ideas in this little booklet is a contract you can co-sign with someone who has shown signs of suicidal ideation. They may have thought about it, attempted it in the past, or drop hints that it is not out of the question. The “contract” is simple but profound.  It states that the person suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts will vow to call you before they take any action on those thoughts.  You both sign it in trust.  It can make all the difference.

Here’s the links to her website Hope for the Heart/Depression

2. Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough by Kay Warren.  Kay and her husband Pastor Rick Warren lost a son to mental illness. Her book speaks to those who are dealing with the hardest losses in life and how to come back to the light when everything around you is ink black dark.

Sometimes people die from cancer, despite heroic efforts and state of the art treatments. And sometimes people die from mental illnesses, despite the heroic efforts and best treatment options.  In the midst of losses far out of our control, there is something we GET to choose: joy.

3. Better Together by Rusty George.  His words:  Together we connect with God better. Together we heal better. Together we overcome fears, raise families, fight temptations, and bless the world better.  I heard him on Faith Radio and he said this– “Our secrets make us sick.”   Speaking them into the air to others helps us heal.

I know this to be true.  My dad had secrets from childhood and the war. Once he began to speak the unspeakable out loud, I saw him heal. He became more gentle, less angry. More joyful, less self critical. He waited an awfully long time to speak it into the open– far too long. He was probably in his 70’s before he wrote and spoke of the hardest parts of his life. Once he did, the secrets could no longer make him sick– and wellness and wholeness followed.

Our Secrets Make Us Sick : Depression

I encourage you to find one person with a trusting sets of ears to tell your secrets to. Let the healing begin.  If you can’t think of anyone, please email me or message me. You can find all my links on my home page.  For sure, I would love to pray for you.

4. Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers, and Hope by Albert Y Hsu

Amazon says this: Suicide raises heartrending questions: Why did this happen? Why didn’t we see it coming? Could we have done anything to prevent it? How can we go on?  After his father’s death, Hsu wrestled with the intense emotional and theological questions surrounding suicide. While acknowledging that there are no easy answers, he draws on the resources of the Christian faith to point suicide survivors to the God who offers comfort in our grief and hope for the future. For those who have lost a loved one to suicide and for their counselors and pastors, this book is an essential companion for the journey toward healing.

It is a revised edition with updated statistics and expanded resources for those in the mental health ministry.

Hope When Life Seems Hopeless

The holidays will be upon us. All is not calm. All is not bright. But there is great hope. We can help those who are hurting, though we cannot always save them- we must do what we can. All of us. For if we are honest, we will admit we either have depression or love someone with depression, anxiety or other mental struggles.  Life is hard.

Let’s do it together. Let’s not let our secrets keep us sick. And let’s bother to reach out for the resources that are at our disposal.  There are many other great resources available. Talk to your local social workers, your favorite teachers, and a trusted medical professional.

Reveal. Deal. Heal. 

First we reveal. Then we can deal. And then we can heal. God is our best hope and the greatest Healer. I happen to believe He uses ordinary people to provide us the tools we need to begin the healing journey.  Maybe one of the 4 resources I offer today will lead you on the path of light, hope, and healing.

It is better together… 

Broken to LIFE

 Linda