“More than 16 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.” These are the first words seen on the newest video produced by the Mormon Channel about mental illness. The video features new footage of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland talking about why he chose to speak about mental illness in his talk “Like a Broken Vessel” given in the October 2013 General Conference.
Elder Holland sympathizes with those who struggle with mental illness saying that it is very real. He says that this is an issue that more and more people are dealing with and that it isn’t getting any easier to handle. He also says that those who struggle are not alone and that Jesus Christ is there and does understand.
Along with the inspiring counsel from Elder Holland, the video features many members who struggle with mental illness. They share their stories and what has helped them. The videos offer a preview into the stories that these people share in more depth on the newest Church resource for those who have mental health issues called mentalhealth.lds.org. The site shares the stories of members with mental illness and how they are striving to live with this trial. The site says:
“Whether you are just discovering the signs of mental illness in your life or you have been struggling, fully aware, for weeks, months, or even years—we know your path has been one of confusion, pain, and even grief. Please know, you are not alone.
“As the Savior of the world suffered for each one of us, He knows the pain you are going through more perfectly than you could ever imagine. He is here for you. He knows just how real the pain is that you are experiencing—He took upon Himself the ‘pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind’ for ‘every living creature, both men, women, and children’ (Alma 7:11–12; 2 Nephi 9:21; see also Hebrews 4:15–16).”
Watch the intro video below and please share the new website with those you know who may need to hear this message of comfort.
The new site also offers answers to many related questions such as:
- I can’t feel the Spirit. Is it my fault that I’m struggling? Do I just need more faith?
- How can I feel happy when I can’t feel anything?
- I feel so alone. How can I help people understand what I am going through?
- How can I deal with thoughts of suicide? What’s wrong with me?
- I love someone with mental illness. How can I help them?
They also encourage that you ask even more questions by emailing [email protected] and they say: “We applaud you for seeking answers and for taking a step toward healing. We pray that with the Savior’s help you might find hope and help in your journey.” For more info visit the new web page: mentalhealth.lds.org.