Mental Health Month

By Meeshia

This past May was Mental Health month. A time when we see multiple posts on social media for resources, testimonies and encouragement to continue having conversations about mental health.

 But for me, the mental health conversation isn’t just in May. But in every day. I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ. I am in recovery for addiction and mental health issues. And my name is Meeshia. I have attended Celebrate Recovery and have been in recovery for almost 7 years.

I have struggled with mental health issues my entire life. Depression and anxiety and suicidal ideation has been very cyclical. And there have been years that I have felt that my mental health is something that I was unable to control. It has had control of me. If I woke up in the morning with ‘those feelings’ of loneliness, despair or anxiousness; that was the day I was doomed to have. No choice in it. If I woke up with wonderful thoughts and I felt really great… That too would be the day to behold.

 One of the things I have had opportunity to do on a local level as a CR Mental Health Champion is attend local mental health forums. I attended 2 of them last year. These forums had all local agencies gather and talk about resources for mental health. I sat in on many workshops to hear of the options given in our local community to help those who live their lives with mental health issues. But at the end the day I would walk out asking myself… “Why do I believe that Celebrate Recovery should be a part of these local opportunities? Why do I feel that Celebrate Recovery is different than any other resource? Do I believe it really works?“

 It works because the center of Celebrate Recovery is Jesus; who does understand that we live in a very broken and confusing world. Before I walked into CR this last time, I tried CR 3 years prior. I had convinced myself that CR was for only those with addictions. I was depressed and struggled with suicidal thoughts. I didn’t belong. And I walked out the doors. Thankfully God watched over me for the next 3 years until I made it my way back again.

 Being a Christian who struggles with mental health issues seems to have its own stigma. Some Christian’s believe the lie that Christians should not struggle with mental health issues. And it is that lie that made me take the role as our local Mental Health Champion. Walking into local mental health forums and walking into my church, I want to be the voice that says it is possible to have mental health issues AND live your life fully in recovery.

 CR is created to be within the church that you attend. But that is not the case for me. I attend a CR 25 minutes away from where I live and my church does not have CR. But I’m still my church’s Mental Health Champion. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m in recovery. And now I know that even if I’m ‘one of those people’, I represent a silent majority of people who need to know they don’t have to suffer in silence. Celebrate Recovery gives me tools within the structure of the 12-steps and 8 Principles that help me change what I can change and let rest what I cannot. I share CR with anyone I know who struggles with their mental health. Because it gave me my life back. Jesus gave me my life back. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx As our Mental Health Champions, we have the privilege of sharing our own journey’s with others. We are not experts. But we speak out loud what others are too afraid to say. Is there hope? Yes. His name is Jesus… within Celebrate Recovery.

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