Collectively Challenging the Lies of Mental Illness

I wanted to briefly build on this week’s discussion of suicide and suicide prevention that took place over on my podcast, A Light in The Darkness. Specifically, I wanted to talk about how we all need to do better at helping those in the darkest moments of their battle, those who are suicidal. And we can do that by caring, by helping them carry their burdens.

As the podcast mentioned, Galatians 6:2 tells us to help carry one another’s burdens. And this isn’t a religious thing, but basic decency that we should all care about each other. It is easy in this cash-and-carry world, this hectic rat-race of a life that we live in, to lose sight of all the humanity around us. And because of stigma, suicide simply isn’t talked about, so most of us don’t realize how much lighter random acts of kindness can make someone’s day. None of us know the battles being fought by those around us, and this is especially true with mental illness, which is why it is so important to use kindness to help carry one another’s burdens.

It is difficult for sure, for each of us to get outside our own burdens. But just because we might fall short, doesn’t mean we can’t try.

Because I know for me, the times when my depression has lied to me and told me that my family and friends would be better off without me, it was the fact those same friends and family showed up and showed they cared that chased those lies away. It probably wasn’t always easy for them, after all, they were dealing with my dark burdens, but they did it because they felt that the world is better with me in it. And whoever you are, whatever you are battling, I know the world is better with you in it too.

So thank you as always for reading. I hope to see you again tomorrow, but until then be well, and be kind.

If you are struggling, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak with someone who can help. You can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with crisis support 24/7.

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