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Everyones Got secrets

The hidden torment of mental health issues in society is rightly being highlighted, and beginning to be de-stigmatised, which clearly is great and about time.

Though it might just be me, but I find myself wondering sometimes, as someone who has their own mental health issues. That does the reporting of the ‘hiddenness of depression’ actually do the sufferer and society a disservice and become a hindrance rather than a help?

Firstly I believe you can tell if you know people well enough, that something might not be  right. It may take you a bit of time, but open your eyes, get to know the people around you ask God to help you.

Secondly, I sometimes wonder if the “not being able to tell someone has depression” monologue, actually lets so called “healthy” people off the hook from being decent humans. Such meeting the stranger or acquaintance with compassion, rather than disdain, love instead of neglect, welcome instead of suspicion, acceptance rather than impatience, interest rather than prejudice.

Thirdly I would like to live in a society where at one level it didn’t matter, what I had or didn’t have going on inside of me, or indeed other people for that matter. That I was evolved enough to know when I have gone too far and make repatriation, or when I needed to step away and take a few deep breaths and for that to be ok. I believe there are places in society that can a place of acceptance of where people are at, understanding and tolerance and actually embody the love your neighbour stuff that Jesus spoke off.

We are surrounded by the hiddenness of peoples inner lives, pregnancy, love, joy, and yes all the other things that surround the dreaded term mental health issues. But we all have mental health, some days that health is good others perhaps not. Just like our physical health needs attention so does our mental health.

I am not trying to trivialise the issue but wherever you are reading this, take a moment to look around, because in this society, the change begins with you, I am not speaking about the big picture of what town you live in or country, but the part of community God has placed you in and with.

Finally many years ago I was walking through the high street of my then home town, and a stranger shouted at me, I didn’t hear her at first, but she repeated it. What she shouted was “hey, you have a lovely smile, so smile…” and you know I did, and  the person remains a stranger to me, but her words stayed with me. Be that person, try to bring out the best in others rather than the worst, recognise the need in others and help them, but first you need to open your eyes and make the first step. This is something I also need to do, so let’s all do act together as one.






Unlikely Heroes and Heroines

The Avengers, Superman, Super girl, men and women in a range of uniforms, and of course the accidental hero who is in the right place at the right time to jump onto train tracks to save someone, pull someone from a burning building, and they who administer first aid and save a life or a limb. These are classic hero’s, people we easily imbue with that social status.

I wonder if however, the media and our society needs a more evolved image of a hero. How about the amputee or stroke victim learning to walk, or even feed themselves. The women in chronic pain who can only get up from her bed for eight minutes every few hours. The man with depression whether undiagnosed or treated, who decides to engage with the world outside of his head when all he wants to do is curl up and cry. Are they not also heroes, do they not also struggle against all the odds to overcome? Indeed they do. They show immense willpower, and I am in awe of them.

However instead of seeing such people as heroes society tends to often seen them weakened or somehow less. Somehow rather than seeing the whole person or their potential, they are instead labeled by what ails them, rather than what they can accomplish.

I too have fallen into the trap, of seeing people defined as their disease, or infirmity not as more than what afflicts them. But as i have evolved myself i have come to see such people as the heroes they are, as i would think Jesus sees them.

Jesus whilst on earth, healed as many heroes as he could and the church today continues that work. Or at least it should of bringing healing, of drawing attention to the heroes and heroines who struggle and get back up over and over to go again.

Recently I was sick and as I lay in my darkened room in pain, I thought of those for home its every day they feel like that, and it doesn’t go away after a few days. it lasts and lasts and gnaws at there very bones.

So perhaps lets redefine a hero, not as someone who will always over come and save the day with there superpowers, but as people who when they get knocked down they get back up over and over.

Finally in the poem the footprints in the sand we are reminded of a God who not just walks beside us, but in our deepest moments of weakness carries us, that is why there is one set of footprints. Every hero needs someone, Superman, had his adoptive parents, Batman has his butler, and so on and so forth. We all need someone, the Christian it Is Jesus, the Jesus who knows our name, the number of hairs upon our head and are coming and going. We can lean on him, In need him we find how to be but hero or heroine for others.

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