So many of us have heard the news about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It’s quite unfortunate to know there are people suffering out there, (to the point of taking their own lives), especially when it is so unexpected.
We can really take life for granted sometimes. If I can be honest with you, it wasn’t until these events occurred that I really understood the urgency of checking in with our loved ones. Our duty on this earth is to serve each other’s needs (and not solely our own) which is why we must acknowledge and combat the extremity of mental illness.
Studies show that 14.8 million American adults have depression, along with 40 million of the American population battling with anxiety. This condition can spring as early as childhood, which becomes increasingly common throughout teenage and adulthood. Suicide specifically is a leading cause of death, impacting approximately 45,000 lives a year.
As a society, we need to stop ignoring this issue. If we know the severity of this illness, and know especially how common it is, why don’t we focus more attention on it? Why in a world of people who clearly need help and guidance, do we insist on focusing so heavily on external solutions?
Clearly, there isn’t enough money, status or power in the world to satisfy our needs if we are still broken on the inside. Whether the situation is genetic or environmental, we need to spend more time and resources devoted towards improving mental health.
Practical Tips on How To Be Aware And Spread Awareness.
In order to advocate for change, you must be the change. Call it how you want, but as cliche as it sounds, this is the reality of it.
Here’s the cold truth: posting an occasional picture or status is not going to cause any revolution. You actually need to be physically present and actively working to see results. And this all starts with being there for those in your presence.
Our prime obligation as human beings is to serve others, and the basic measure of doing so is to make sure closed ones, acquaintances and even strangers are okay.
All of us, myself included, have a tendency to engage in the generic “hello, how are you” only to give a generic response. Why has this question become so casual, and where have we as people gone wrong in not caring enough to be open and honest? It’s a bad habit which we all are guilty of but honestly how is this going to make things different when people don’t know what’s wrong with you and vise versa?
The key to giving and receiving help is by being transparent. We must be a generation of leaders who encourage one another to express their pains and problems. Be that parent/child/friend/teacher/co-worker/church member who lends an open ear. You never know who is secretly suffering within crying for help.
When I was going through depression and anxiety, it was hard for me to be completely honest with others. Sometimes we feel we do not have anyone there for us, and that the ones who are present in our lives are not trustworthy. I am here to tell you that this is a lie.
You need accountability and community to get the ball running. Do not keep these thoughts of hopelessness, hurt and self harm to yourself. Please talk to a friend, family, teacher, counselor, doctor or therapist who can seriously help you.
Never feed into the thought that you are not good enough, and that no one cares. You are loved and have not nor will ever be forgotten.
During my battle of self-defeat, I truly believed I was suffering all on my own. It was hard to believe I was loved because I had allowed for all the pain in my life to define my value as a person. It wasn’t until I found Jesus that my life really changed.
Leading up to becoming saved in 2016, God sent few Christians my way which I know now looking back was to keep me in protection. You don’t know how many times I was approached by a believer filled with so much passion sharing with me the power of God (and how their lives have changed because of Him). Never was I forced or made uncomfortable, each experience just felt so soothing and natural. These were actually people who cared for my soul salvation, and in my spirit I felt at home.
I was still suffering tremendously from anxiety attacks, low-self esteem and fear. And because of what I went through, I know how difficult it is to consciously free your mind. Not to mention how easy it is to wear a mask, appearing content in public but dying emotionally, physically and spiritually in private.
(If you are someone in the Christian faith, I encourage you to continue reading, praying and fasting. Part of my testimony was fighting against excessive doubt and worry. Even after being saved, I had a tough time comprehending who God is and believing how much He loves me.)
Personally speaking, my journey to purpose was not easy by any means. I will say that it did take a lot of self assessment but most importantly just growing in Christ. Without my Bible, I would not have made it far because I needed to consistently hear and know how much I am loved and valued by my one and only maker, God.
Never believe that your voice does not deserve to be heard. You are special and made differently for a specific reason and purpose.
If you are suffering, or know anyone who is/may be, I encourage you to continue advocating on their behalf. Speak life unto yourself, or themselves, through conversations and prayer. Create a safe space where you are and your loved ones are free to vent. And most importantly, never give up on faith ❤️
Below I will attach some bible verses that I hope you can read and meditate on during your personal time. If you know anyone who is in need of this message, please share it! I love you all, and I hope you continue strong with this week. As always feel free to leave a comment underneath this photo or shoot me an email or message via Instagram.
Stay encouraged my loves, and keep focused!
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) “For I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Psalm 34:18-19 (NLT) “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.”
John 10:10 (NLT) “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
1 Timothy 6:12 (NLT) “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.