Help from an unlikely source
Lagos, Nigeria – October 10, 2023—Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are just some of the mental health conditions many in the world are facing. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 8 people around the world are living with mental health conditions.
As World Mental Health Day is observed globally on October 10, many organizations are sharing resources that can aid in improving and stabilizing mental health.
JW.ORG offers practical tips and inspiration from the Bible for men, women, and young people living with mental health challenges. the bible’s practical advice in dealing with this condition.
“In spite of the global advancement in medicine, the goal of providing desired medical relief to those dealing with mental health challenges is far from being realized. Nevertheless, many are benefiting greatly from the bible’s practical advice in dealing with this condition and its impact on society”, says Olukayode Akin-Bamidele, regional spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lagos.
“Applying such advice has provided comfort, relief and hope needed to cope with mental health condition such as depression, irregular mood swing and sadness. Thankfully, many have found published articles and resources on jw.org very helpful; the bible’s message is one of hope and we are confident that people will find the scriptural thoughts therein soothing and refreshing.”
The magazine series ‘Mental Health—Help from the Bible‘ contains several articles with practical tips and comforting thoughts. Some other articles include:
⦁ A Worldwide Mental Health Crisis
⦁ God Cares for You
⦁ Prayer — “Throw all your Anxiety on Him”
⦁ Comfort from the Scriptures
⦁ Benefit from Bible Examples
⦁ The Bible Offers Practical Advice
⦁ How to Help Those with Mental Health Challenges
⦁ God Promises Perfect Mental Health
The article ‘Comfort from the Scriptures‘ contains information that can provide strength and endurance to help people cope with negative patterns of thinking. It also points to a time when emotional pain will soon be a thing of the past. The article highlights several ways the Bible can help those struggling with depression, anxiety and painful emotions:
⦁ The Bible provides many positive thoughts that can replace negative ones.
⦁ The Bible can help us to counteract feelings of worthlessness.
⦁ Numerous Bible passages reassure us that we are not alone and that God, our Creator, completely understands our feelings.
⦁ The Bible promises that God will put an end to painful memories.
The article ‘The Bible Offers Practical Advice‘ states that while the Bible is not a medical textbook, it can provide beneficial advice. The article explains that the Bible recognizes that people may need help from physicians. It also expounds that healthy habits and exercise are important, and encourages people to willingly accept the help of others.
“I have found that reading the Bible regularly with my wife helps me to start each day with positive, upbuilding thoughts. And often on days when I’m struggling to cope, a particular verse will touch my heart,” Peter, who suffers from depression, says in the article.
Related articles on jw.org include: Teen Depression—Why? What Can Help? and “How Can I Deal with Depression.” The articles share several comforting Bible passages, including:
⦁ “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit.” —Psalm 34:18.
⦁ “Throw your burden on Jehovah, and he will sustain you. Never will he allow the righteous one to fall.” —Psalm 55:22.
⦁ “I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I will help you.’” —Isaiah 41:13.
⦁ “Never be anxious about the next day.” —Matthew 6:34.
⦁ “Let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts.” —Philippians 4:6, 7.
A whiteboard animation video titled “From Sad to Glad” and the worksheet “Working Through Sadness” provides interactive resources for young people. The video encourages young people to find someone to talk to if they are feeling sad, like a parent or a close friend. Other tips include writing thoughts and feelings on paper, praying to God, and reading the Bible, especially the book of Psalms.
“Filling your mind with positive thoughts from the Bible can have a positive effect on your feelings,” the video states.
“If you do suffer from clinical depression, it is nothing to be ashamed of. With treatment, many sufferers have begun to feel better,” the video states. “By taking things a day at a time and relying on the support of your parents and trustworthy friends, you can go from sad to glad.”
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