I have spent most of my adult life with some sort of mental health issues, from depression and anxiety to my diagnosis with Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder (better known as Borderline Personality Disorder) and whilst things have been dark and lonely at times, and I have had support from the secular support services, I never really could control my mood or my actions whilst in crisis.
Now I was not a Christian when suffering so badly nor was I well, I felt very alone and very scared but that changed when I accepted Christ as my saviour several years ago. You see the worst part of mental health is the feeling of loneliness, the feeling of no one to care for you, no one to love you and that changes with Jesus. Having Jesus in my life means I am NEVER alone, never unloved, never uncared for. I have church brothers and sisters that I love and can trust to help me, they will never judge me.
Paul teaches in Romans 12:13 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”. And so it is faithfulness to turn to Jesus in affliction, faithfulness to turn to him in those bad nights and I have that relationship with my Loving God, who will never leave me nor abandon me.
1 in 4 people in the UK will suffer with Mental Health, that’s a lot of people struggling with loneliness and a feeling of being unwanted, yet by turning to Christ that pain can be helped, the “Silver Bullet” so to speak. He can send this feeling running away. My God will never leave me, and that, my friends, is why I am able to live my life and would suggest - nay - insist that if you know of someone suffering you can make the difference, fire the silver bullet.