September 11, 2019

mental health + the church

hearing about Jarrid Wilson's passing this morning hit very deeply. my heart instantly broke for Juli and the boys, but also because his story is relatable to so many, including myself. there have been many times when his words have given me so much hope when i myself was going through a difficult time. his work in the church + with mental health is not lost and is only the beginning of something greater.

this brings up another topic that is also so incredibly important to me and that i know people need to either hear or be reminded of:

the body of Christ / the church / whatever you want to call it is NOT ABOVE THE STRUGGLES OF MENTAL HEALTH.

the aftermath of my darkest moments is when i have felt the presence of Jesus the strongest, but not in a disappointed way at all, in those moments i felt great peace, and i knew that he was telling me that he saw me.
he saw my struggles. he saw my pain, and despite the ugly, he was holding me through all of that, he was telling me that he loved me before that, through that, and would still love me after it.
he looks at the scars on my arm and he tells me i'm beautiful, i'm worthy, and that i'm loved.

no. no, we are not above the struggles of mental health, we are called to be a light for those going through their own struggles, we are called to talk about it in a real way, not to judge it, not to name names and speak negatively about those who struggle. we are called to welcome; to welcome ALL people of EVERY walk, no matter what they may be facing, because you really never know what someone may be going through.

the church needs to be more involved in this. struggling with mental health is not devilish; depression, bipolar, ptsd, anxiety, all of these diseases and many more have medical explanations and descriptions and it isn't the fault of anything we did and NO, we can't just stop thinking that way to get it to go away (although we all wish we could), because it isn't just thoughts and feelings and things which can be dismissed.

i do believe that the church is to blame for a good portion of the extreme methods that people have taken, are taking, and will take, because, from the outside and the inside, the church just doesn't seem to care. the church looks away, ignores the cries for help, and turns a blind eye.

if you think that those who know Christ must be above the struggles of mental health, you need to do more research, because that is absolutely not the case and your mindset is only adding to our struggles and the number of suicides and attempts every year, as well as so many other extreme measures.

Do your part. Do better. Lives actually depend upon it.

xx, rn
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