"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly."
Today is World Mental Health Day, which aims to highlight the need to seriously address how Mental Health is dealt with in society, how it is treated in our health care, and that promoting good mental health habits should be a priority.
Mental health disorders continue to be a serious and expensive global health issue, affecting people of all ages and from all cultures and socio-economic status. Major depression ranks fourth in terms of disability adjusted life years and will soon be the second leading cause of disability worldwide. Out of the estimated 450 million people globally who have a mental health disorder, fewer than half receive the help they need. Many low-income countries have one or two psychiatrists for the entire population. Many developed countries have “carved out” mental health services from primary care health systems – giving mental health and illness less attention, less money, reduced options and services and little or no connection to the individual’s total healthcare needs.
I struggled for a little while with depression in my last couple of years of High School, but it went undiagnosed, and I only realised that that was what it was a few years down the track after I had gotten out of that situation. I was lucky, in that mine was geographical, based on where I was at the time. Other people struggle with depression, and moving out of where they are either doesn’t help or makes it worse.
My advice is to speak to someone about it. Find a friend to confide in. If you don’t know of anyone that you can talk to, there are places such as Beyond Blue, Lifeline, and for Kids and Teens, Kids Help Line. If you’re in a situation where you are able to, I would highly recommend that you donate to one of these worthwhile causes. The work that they do is of high need, but receives little funding.
And always remember that the great Comforter is always listening, willing to lend an ear to whatever you have to say. “Are you tired? Worn out? … Come to me”