Hope everyone is blessed because we are even when we cannot see it … especially me!
I did not hear from anyone on this topic I am about to plunge into but my prayer is that this topic helps someone to just feel like going on…times are hard these days, with many competing issues overwhelming us, it seems we don’t get through one challenge before several more are knocking on our door (LOUD) … welcome to 2015!
I actually believe the number could be higher, especially on days when we as a nation witness these incredible acts of terror such as recently in Paris and now San Bernardino, CA, last week … personally, as for me, I am left speechless, limp, feeling helpless for the victims and their families and just amazed as to how long will these go on and are they a part of the new “low” normal? I have been feeling this way since Columbine and especially during 9/11/01 as I lived in the NY area and witnessed first hand lots of calamity and experienced feelings of despair.
Mental Health Conditions:
A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.
Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.
A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, interlinking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle combine to influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits as well as basic brain structure may play a role too.
Recovery and Wellness
1 in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. 1 in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to the person directly experiencing by a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.
50% of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24. The normal personality and behavior changes of adolescence may mimic or mask symptoms of a mental health condition. Early engagement and support are crucial to improving outcomes and increasing the promise of recovery.
Joshua 1:9 ESV – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Philippians 4:19 ESV – And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 25:39-40 ESV – And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Psalm 118:17 ESV – I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV – So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
Luke 11:24 ESV – ‘When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’
Psalm 46:10 ESV- “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/