World Mental Health Day

Earlier this month, the world observed “World Mental Health Day.” The main goal of this yearly observance day is to raise awareness about mental health and mobilize efforts to support mental health conditions. Mental health conditions are widespread,1 with anxiety and depression being the most common types.2

 Statistics on anxiety and depression.

People often underestimate how many people are impacted by anxiety and depression, especially in the United States (US). So, let’s take a look at what the numbers are saying:

  • About 40 million adults in the US, ages 18 and older, suffer from anxiety disorders.3
  • People who suffer from anxiety disorders can also suffer from depression.3
  • 1% of children in the US, ages 13 to 18, are affected by anxiety disorders.3
  • In 2017, 17.3 million adults, about 7% of the US adult population, experienced at least one major depressive episode.4
  • In 2017, 3.2 million adolescents in the US, ages 12 to17, experienced at least one major depressive disorder.4

 You’re really NEVER alone!

Anxiety and depression seek to pervade the human heart thereby being robbed of God’s joy. They permeate all areas of those living with these conditions by destroying relationships, deteriorating health, and crippling one’s career.5 In recent years, mental health has become a popular topic of discussion. Precisely, people have taken over several media platforms to mitigate the negative views around mental health (ex. believing that one is violent and unstable).

However, regardless of the attention mental health has received, mood disorders and suicide-related outcomes are increasing, especially among young adults.6 Additionally, people continue to shame those living with mental health conditions.7 Therefore, deep-rooted struggles of mental health conditions permit people to believe that they are alone in their experiences.

Nevertheless, you are not alone. In fact, you have NEVER been alone. Jesus upon His ascension back to the heavens assured us of a lifetime companion, the Holy Spirit.

“…and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever…” [John 14:16]

The Holy Spirit existed before the beginning of time.

He is a Protector.

He is an Advocate.

He is a Guide.

Therefore, you are really never alone. Not only that, God has placed His people to surround you and provide you with spaces for community. So, with all our hearts, we invite you to come sit with us. Rest assured, we love you already.

The Triune God is the source of all peace [1 Peter 5:7], healing [Jeremiah 30:17], and joy [Romans 15:13]. He assuages all pain, and He is the perfect One to fill all voids.

Stay in His love.

#Neveralone

Mental Health Resources:

  • The GO Church firmly believes that God is the source of all healing. The GO believes that no mental health conditions can stand before the power of God. As a result, we encourage people to seek healing and relief from the source. Additionally, we are also here to be a support for you through prayer and community.
  • We also have members of our church who specialize in mental health counseling. Brittany King offers private counseling and therapy. For more information, please check out her website. https://www.imaginationbeautiful.com/services
  • For immediate help, please find resources for several Helplines that are available to you 24/7. https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/immediate-help

References

  1. Mental Health Conditions. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-conditions.
  2. Mental Disorders. (2019). Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/mentaldisorders.html.
  3. Anxiety Facts & Statistics. (2019). Retrieved from https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics.
  4. Major Depression. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/major-depression.shtml.
  5. Jo, H., Tim, & Lisa. (2018). Depression and Daily Life. Retrieved from https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/depression-and-daily-life.
  6. Rise of Mental Health (2019). Retrieved from https://www.ajmc.com/focus-of-the-week/mental-health-issues-on-the-rise-among-adolescents-young-adults.
  7. Caddell, J. (2019). How to Cope with Stigma When You Have a Mental Illness. Retrieved from https://www.verywellmind.com/mental-illness-and-stigma-2337677.