PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS.
As I listened to this podcast, I found myself wanting to yell out, "YES! I agree! You are so right! Keep talking! How can I make sure everyone listens to this?"
This podcast mainly focuses on the mental illness of Depression, but the information shared can apply to any form of mental illness.
And although this podcast focuses on mental illness in the realm of the LDS culture and the stigmas that come into play there, the things that they talk about can apply to society as a whole, regardless of your religion.
"A majority of us will be affected by depression. Either having depression ourselves, or being around family or friends who are suffering from depression and so it becomes all of our problem...we as a society have to dispel the myths."
3 Myths of Mental Illness (in regards to the LDS Culture)
1. All mental illness is caused by sin.
(For more information on each of these myths, read this article found in the October 2005 Ensign Magazine)
"If you had appendicitis, God would expect you to seek a priesthood blessing
and get the best medical care available.
So too with emotional disorders.
Our Father in Heaven expects us to use all of the marvelous gifts
He has provided in this glorious dispensation."
-Jeffrey R. Holland
To close this post, I would like to end with one more quote from the book, Valley of Sorrows: A Layman's Guide to Understanding Mental Illness for Latter-Day Saints. I have not read this book yet. I only learned about it from this podcast (although it sounds vaguely familiar so maybe someone has shared it with me before...) I will be getting this book soon and I am sure it will be filled with all sorts of pretty colors as I highlight and make notes in the margins.
"I assure you that Latter-Day Saints are in no way exempt from the burden of mental illness either as a victim, caregiver, family member, or friend. In every ward and stake there are severely depressed
My friends, I have said it before and I will say it again...You are not alone in your depression or anxiety. It doesn't matter who you are, how spiritual you are, how wealthy you are, how poor you are, or whatever else...mental illness can (and probably already is) a part of your life. If it is not something that you personally are suffering from, I say, "Congratulations." You were meant to deal with other trials in this life, BUT, I guarantee you that someone you love IS suffering from mental illness and they need love and support, not judgment and stigmas.
Let's work together to help each other, no matter what the trial may be. We all have 'em. So let's get to work and lift each other up, shall we?
And just for fun...here's this video again.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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