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HELP FOR THE HOPELESS

Lexi Bates, 18

Depression doesn’t mean being sad for a couple days; people who are depressed may have completely given up. You can see the hopelessness and emptiness in their eyes. I should know; I’ve seen it in my own eyes. Depression also makes it harder to trust God’s presence as you confront questions such as these: Why did this happen to me? Why can’t I be happy? The truth is that we can be happy if we learn how to deal with depression.

For my life is spent with sorrow,  and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery.
Psalm 31:10a (NRSV)

  • Learn more about depression. I’m reading the book Lord, I Want to be Whole: The Power of Prayer and Scripture in Emotional Healing, by Stormie Omartian, which suggests seven steps to becoming whole and filling the empty pit inside.
  • Get help. Therapy helps with depression. If talking about your feelings helps you and makes you feel better, I recommend therapy.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. What helps me most is to find friends or family members who understand or who know how to make me laugh. And sometimes all I need is a shoulder to cry on.

 

GET HELP FOR DEPRESSION:

  • Boys Town provides 24/7 emergency help: 1-800-448-3000
  • Covenant House offers counseling or shelter to teens who are homeless, abused, or exploited: 1-800-999-9999
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1-800-273-8255
  • Youth Crisis Textline (24/7, confidential): Text GO to 741-741
  • National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (787-2929)

—from devozine (November/December 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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