As some of you may know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I feel that acknowledging this problem is so crucial in the world we live in today.
Did you know….
- One in five American adults experience a mental health issue.
- One in 10 young people experience a period of major depression.
- One in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It claims more than 41,000 American lives each year.
When I was a child, mental disorders were not something people talked about. It was not publicized like it is now and I am so glad it has come a long way.
As a teenager, I went through depressions from time to time but it was nothing I couldn’t overcome.
As an adult, I went through different things and got to the point where I knew I couldn’t get through it on my own.
I was too embarrassed to talk to family or friends about how I was feeling so I turned to the Bible.
These were the Scriptures that helped me cope:
- 2nd Corinthians 7:6
- Psalm 34:18
- Psalm 130: 3,4
- 1st Kings 19:4
- Psalm 55:22
- Psalm 139: 1,2,4, 23
- Isaiah 57:15
- Psalm 65:2
- Philippians 4:6,7
- 1st John 3:19, 20
- Psalm 9:9,10
- Psalm 10:12
- Lamentations 3: 55-57
- Isaiah 41:10
- Psalm 34: 4
- Psalm 40: 1,2
- Psalm 147:3
- 1st Peter 5:7
- Psalm 62:8
I also read a few articles that have been very comforting as well and you can find them here.
Everyone goes through things in different ways and copes with them differently but if it becomes too much, please talk to someone. There is nothing to be ashamed of and if you need help please talk to someone you can trust.
Help raise awareness this month by wearing a green ribbon to represent Mental Health Awareness Month!