Today’s post is in support of To Write Love On Her Arms ‘ mission to help people who are struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. They believe that every person was created to love and be loved, to know and to be known and that every person’s story is a part of a bigger story.
My personal story includes multiple bouts of depression and a sometimes constant battle with food addiction. I’m also a pretty private person, so for me to write this down and share it, in this space, is a huge victory. See, my goal in 2012 is deliverance. I desire to be delivered from any and everything that attempts to hold me back and keep me from fulfilling the destiny that God created me for. I know that He has a purpose for my life and I am committed to healing so that I can facilitate healing in others.
For years I suffered in silence. I didn’t know what to do, who to seek for help and in many instances I felt like whatever I was going through wasn’t that big of a deal. I mean, I knew plenty of other people who had things far worse than I did and they seemed to be doing just fine. As I got older I realized that there was nothing wrong with finding a licensed professional with a good couch and visiting them on a regular basis. Over the years I’ve been on a therapist’s couch three different times, for three different reasons. Each time I learned something new about myself and about the mind in general. The last time I had weekly dates with the couch was a couple of years ago. He was my first male therapist and his perspective was helpful at times and shocking at times. At the end of our relationship I walked out of his office with a few shiny new “toys” in my bag-o-tricks and I was ready to conquer the world…or so I thought. Fast forward three years and here I am writing this.
One thing I know is that mental health issues are not talked about nearly as much as they should be. There should be no shame in seeking help when it is needed. Whatever your situation is there is help available; there are even services you can access using a fake name if that will make you more comfortable.
I was blessed that I didn’t require medications and that I could afford the services, but that’s not the case for thousands of others across this nation. TWLOHA is a national resource that aims to help people understand that they can be free from addiction and depression and that God is still in the business of redemption. As Oprah said during her final show, “you are worthy because you were born and because you are here; your being here makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough.” If you or someone you know is suffering with addiction or depression there are resources available and rescue is possible.
I wish you much success as you Live, Lead and Love BRILLIANTLY on Purpose with Power, Passion & Prosperity!