2020 was a hard year for Sam. The end of a marriage, the loss of a grandparent, a job, and a pet. For Sam, depression crept in and he felt alone.
According to the World Health Organization, 280 million people in the world struggle with depression. "Depression is different from regular mood changes and feelings about everyday life. It can affect all aspects of life, including relationships with family, friends and community. It can result from or lead to problems at school and at work...Depression can happen to anyone. People who have lived through abuse, severe losses or other stressful events are more likely to develop depression" (World Health Organization, 2023).
The COVID pandemic affected more than just people's physical health, it also brought to light a huge mental health problem in our nation. Many of us struggle with things like depression and anxiety. Much like how Sam found community in the college ministry group, being connected with others socially and spiritually creates a system of support and directs us back to faith in Jesus.
Facing the giant of mental health is no easy task. The good news is that Jesus has paid our debt and empowers us to face our giants bravely.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, getting connected with care resources or a Christian counselor through RiverGlen is a good first step.