Recommended by one of you… this month we tackle what some might say is the unspoken illness of the Christian community – Suicide and Mental Illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24; each day an average of 5,400 students in grades 7-12 attempt suicide. 1 in 4 Americans live with a mental illness at any given time of the year. While that number is determined for all of America, we can expect similar numbers within our church or faith community. This means that a church of 100 congregants will generally have an estimated 25 individuals who are struggling with a mental condition. This can become tragic when stigmas are associated with mental conditions and help is hard to find.
Yes! We have a God who loves us dearly as His children. He delights in seeing us made whole and well. Jesus absolutely can heal mental illnesses. The tougher question to consider is how will He do it. God has healed people of cancer through miraculous touch or prayer, but sometimes He does it through Godly doctors and the advancement of medicine and treatment centers. God may choose to heal a mental illness instantaneously, or He may choose to guide our steps to a Godly therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist to promote personal healing.
Love Life’s hope is that churches become more open and accepting of discussing mental conditions and that the church will become a welcoming place where they are ready to help each other physically, spiritually, socially, and psychologically. Love Life teaches youth and churches how to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness and how to intervene in a suicidal person’s life. They make connections/referrals with help agencies and provide education for leaders/staff while focusing on the spiritual aspects of mental illness/suicide, breaking down stigmas, and encouraging Christians through their trials.
We take this month to sow into this organization. Doing our part to bring knowledge and awareness, helping to change stigmas, and becoming conscious within our own selves of how we can positively affect and help those around us. To those struggling with suicidal thoughts, feelings of inferiority, loneliness, depression, anxiety… YOU are loved by an everlasting love. A love not bound by limits or stigmas or hardship, but by a God that will always extend His hands and heart to you. There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.
Learn more about our April Blessing at Love Life Ministries.
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