Mental health

It’s been on the forefront of our society for the last few years, but lately has become something really big.

This is something that is dear to me since I have been touched by the darkness of depression in my life after the passing of my mom when I was younger.

I don’t like to talk about it on a day to day basis, but it’s something that I love to read about and research about it.

I recently watched a video from the Lds Church and the one sentence that struck a chord within me was when a boy that suffered from severe depression said: “I’m glad I stuck around.”

This sentence reminded me that we all suffer at times, but there is still joy to be had along the journey. No matter how intense the pain, and how deeply depressed one may be, that depression can go away and there are many good moments to be had in the future to help us feel and see the sunshine once again.

I remember suffering from moments of depression, where I did not think I was ever going to heal. I thought my state was permanent and that this sad hurt person would remain this way for the rest of my life here on earth. But that is not true.

We may suffer quite a bit at times during this life, weather because we are depressed or because hard times come by, but I have learned that after those dark moments, there is light… and clarity. Bright and vivid moments await for us where we can feel the love of God, and see His light and love shining upon us. I often can’t quite pinpoint those moments, because they are often so simple. Small actions from strangers, a hug or a kind word from my husband, a good moment with one of my kids. Things that remind me that no matter how older we get, there is joy to be experienced and life is worth living at any stage. Whether young or old, sick or well. Events, thoughts or ideas that make me hopeful again, reminders that there are good days to be had waiting up ahead and worth living for.

My heart goes out to anyone who may feel like they are suffering from depression and feels that they cannot heal. Because that is not true. Things can get better. There are lots of solutions, and help out there. God will watch with His hand, and the light will shine again inside of us.

PS: I am excited for general conference with our Church this weekend and cannot wait to receive more answers and inspiration for our family’s future life.

Love, M. Serena Essuman

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