The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light, and those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, upon them a light dawned. (Matthew 4:16 NASB)
As a Registered Professional Nurse, I have worked in facilities and on floors related to mental health. I have had co-workers whose loved ones have told them to go get a “real” nursing job. Mental health is a reality, and sometimes it only is highlighted when high profile people have mental illness or have committed suicide, and because of their status, it is all over the news. One of my professors in nursing school had a mental illness, and she thought she could stop taking her medication, and she ended up back in the hospital. As Christians, we believe in miracles and divine healing power, and unexplainable occurrences that even the medical community cannot explain, however, the Bible also speaks of wisdom and knowledge; The word of God is not void of Good sense. If you have a known Diagnosis take your medication as the Doctor prescribes. When an individual has diabetes, medicine is essential, and without it, there are consequences., the same goes for mental illness.
There are so many ways of coping that is productive and used by people who find themselves occasionally in a dark place and might have a diagnosis of depression. Some people workout some people seek out someone to talk too on a weekly basis to assist in navigating what ills them. There are suicide hotlines and support groups. I will always be grateful for my faith because the lord has been the light in my dark places. When so-called friends are busy, and they are not available, I can talk with the lord, read an encouraging word, listen to Gospel music to lift my spirits and be reminded, there is still hope and everything will be alright. This past week after hearing about the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain the hymn that immediately came to my mind “What a friend we have in Jesus all my sins and grieves to bear what a privilege to carry everything to God in Prayer. I am so grateful for the friendship and knowing that the name of the lord is a strong tower and the righteous run in and they are saved. I do not have all the answers for you, but I can share with you what works for me because I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. Christ is not a trend or a fad, people claim to be spiritual, but they are void of the light. Yes, sometimes our Grandparents and parents are a little outdated, but in time, I know many will embrace their faith, live a little, soon the light will dawn on you, I hope you will eventually walk into the light instead of remaining in darkness. God Bless you.