Chris tells the story of her daughter Gillian who took her own life after struggling with severe mental health issues from the age of nine until her death at 26. She shares about the impact of Gillian’s illness on their family, as well as how she wrestled with God through this time and how God was with them through a very difficult and traumatic time.
A new Christian, Alex shares how his faith and church community have helped him learn to live with bi-polar. He was bullied as a teenager and experienced a variety of manic episodes.
Claudia shares about her struggle with depression and feeling sad most of the time. Her faith in Jesus makes all the difference in dealing daily with depression and anxiety, holding onto the truths of Scripture to sustain her in all she does.
Fiona is a trained Christian counsellor and has worked with people who experience anxiety and depression. But it was her family’s own experience in confronting the anxiety of her daughter that forms her story here, and the questions she’s asked as a parent and church member. Fiona has learnt to more deeply to depend on God.
Lyn is a clinical psychologist and a Christian. Lyn describes the types of issues that her clients come to see her for help. Her approach looks at how to help build a person’s resilience. She believes that the Christian faith and Christian communities have an enormous amount to offer.
Polly talks frankly about her struggles with eating disorders and other forms of anxiety and how isolating these can be. She found it difficult to talk because they are often misunderstood, but found in her church, friends who have accepted her. She’s learned to accept help and to watch others ask for help. Polly’s faith has helped her see how deeply God loves her.