Bringing Mental Illness Into The Light

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

After our earlier conversation on depression, Carmen was compelled to share the story of Luke, who she said was one of her "favorites" from her YoungLife group. Luke struggled with mental illness until recently taking his own life. 


We also spoke with Kelly about her sister, Shelly, who had a psychiatric episode just 8 months ago. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some resources: 

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The JOY FM Prayer and Crisis Referral Line

Comments (3)

  1. Erin Kuhns:
    Jul 10, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    I just wanted to thank you all for your conversation on mental illness today. I have suffered for years. I've attempted suicide multiple times and been hospitalized for it multiple times. We definitely need to be more open about it and your discussion, along with the songs played, meant the world. I also lost a friend to suicide so I know the pain. Again, thank you... God bless.

  2. Cari B:
    Jul 16, 2019 at 08:49 PM

    Thank you for discussion about mental illness. I have suffered my whole life with depression. I just wanted to let your listeners know about another resource which is the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance which hosts support groups in various regions of the country.

  3. A Listener:
    Jul 16, 2019 at 09:53 PM

    This has such a wide range of impacts; some of which I am grateful to not have experienced. I struggle with depression and have for many years. Okay, technically bi-polar like symptoms. Just not in the manner in which it is typically described. Some stretches it doesn't seem bad whereas other times it can kick me down pretty well.
    I did try to take my own life many years ago, but as you can tell I was unsuccessful. The past 5 years has introduced another aspect, that of self-harm. This too has been more challenging at times and I have yet to kick the "habit". Fortunately, I have managed symptoms without a stay in the hospital for multiple years now; knock on wood.
    I've never lost someone to suicide and therefore don't know how that feels. I'm more likely to relate to those who make the attempt or have done so. Yet other folks, I can't even come close to imagining what they have gone through. I hope that someday I'll be able to help others.
    For those struggling, talk to God. He's the best source of help, far greater than the medications and speech therapy. Please be responsible though and continue those if either is part of your wellness program!
    For those who know someone struggling, pray for them. Give them space and don't pressure them. Be understanding and don't try to answer all the rhetorical questions. They know it should be "easy" to just snap out of it. Most individuals would if they could.

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