When I read this months issue of the Awake! I knew instantly how deep and personal it was for me.
I also thought it was very timely since February is National Teen Dating Violence awareness month.
The magazine discusses teen depression and what I really respect was that it shed light on how depression is an illness and disability.
Now when I was a teenager “depression,” was not classified as a sickness. It was just a word tossed around to make fun of sad and discouraged people.
Now mind you I was a regular teenager who had their highs and lows and thankfully I never stayed in a depression for too long but there are many people including adults who suffer from depression and never come out of it.
When I felt blue at the time, I just wanted to wallow in self pity. Now I turn to the bible and scriptures seem to be the only thing to bring me comfort.
This magazine was focused on young people and I felt it would be great study material for my oldest niece and I, especially since it had a special project for teens.
We read the magazine, took breaks in between and discussed personal things, read some scriptures together and after about an hour or so we ended our study, went shopping for some materials and headed back home to work on the project together.
The article suggested to create a “First-Aid Kit” for your emotions which included:
- Contact information of people to call when you feel down.
- Favorite songs that are positive and upbuilding.
- Inspirational sayings and encouraging articles.
- A list of comforting and upbuilding sayings from the Bible.
- Mementos to remind you of people who love you.
- A journal containing your positive thoughts as well as positive experiences you have enjoyed.
I’m so happy we studied this article together and she opened up about personal things.
I can only pray she can grow up to be strong enough to seek help should she ever need it and rely on Jehovah someday.
Have you read the Awake! article yet? If so, what did you think?
– R. Vargas