Friday, April 28, 2017


I heard this statistic today - #1in4 of us will experience mental health issues.

A while ago (8 years ago) I was having a rough time. The short version is that I had my first major depressive episode and my health was declining, mainly through apathy. Did I make it through because I have an amazing family or because I have strong friends or because I have faith in God? I did (and still do) have all those things, but I wasn't reaching out. Rather, I was just going through the motions of college life while my health was shutting down. The turning point for me was one person.

There was someone (not even sure who) who saw that I was not handling things well, and they got me set up with a counselor. This person connected me to the help that I needed. Having someone to talk to, who will listen and will help you get your focus back where it should be (on God), is what helped me pull out of my spiral and get back to fully functioning.

Getting help is important, but in my case I couldn't see clearly enough to know I needed to get help. Whoever it was that got me to help is the hero in my story.

One in four people will experience mental health issues. But the other three in four can try to notice the one, and either get that one to help or be the help that that person needs. Be cognizant of yourself and of those around you.

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