A few days ago a Christian blogger I follow bravely admitted he is having problems with depression and finally seek professional help. Since then he has been on a crusade to educate Christians about mental illness. He’s been trying to put light on a subject that most people turn a blind eye to and don’t understand including some spiritual leaders.
Here is where I’m going to give warning. I’m not a professional train person in spiritual matters. I’m not a professional train person in mental health. I do have experiences in dealing with family members (3) that has mental health problems for over 20 years. I have been a guardian to one of them since 2010. I tried to continually to educate myself on mental health through books, videos, brochures, and talking with professionals.
What has surprise me these last couple of days is how Christian people are so non-understanding and uneducated to this subject. They seem to think that Christians who have mental problems are at fault somehow. There seems to be a misperception between spiritual crises and mental crises. There is a fine line between the two. One you call a spiritual leader and the other you call mental health professional. You wouldn’t call a plumber to a house fire unless the plumber is your friend and the house is your home on fire and you need emotional support.
Spiritual leaders and Christians need be aware of signs of mental health issues and know when they are above them to deal with. Don’t be afraid to say this. It would be a good idea for spiritual leaders to keep mental health crises hotline number with them at all times. Here is one of them: Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline 24/7/365 Call 1-800-273-8255 or Call 1-775-784-8090 or Text “ANSWER” to 839863. As Christian we should be willing to listen to people and go the extra mile too. Volunteer to go the doctor or therapist with other Christians as you would for any other person with disease. By the way mental health is a disease. One that is hard to diagnose and treat. If you don’t understand what others are going through don’t be afraid to say so, but don’t turn a blind eye from people who are suffering. Help them seek help.
In Galatians Paul says this 5:14: The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
As for the ones who are suffering says this to yourself every moment until you believe mind, body, and soul. God, Jesus, LOVES me and hold on to that belief.
Peace and love
Here is a crises hotline again: Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline 24/7/365: Call 1-800-273-8255 or Call 1-775-784-8090 or Text “ANSWER” to 839863.