April 18th

Apr 9th 2009
by ORyan

Here at CATALYST we believe in standing for something bigger than ourselves. So in the spirit of this, April 18th 2009 is dedicated to Hope.

You might be wondering what exactly this might mean. Well first let’s get acquainted with the problem, shall we?

The Problem:

According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability, with approximately 121 million people suffering with depression worldwide. The National Institute of Mental Health states that approximately 18 million people suffer from depression in America alone. Depression does not discriminate across age, race, gender, or class. Among teenagers it is estimated that 20 percent will suffer from depression at some point by the time they reach adulthood. There are also as many as 8.3 percent of teens suffering from depression for at least a year at a time, compared to 5.3 percent of the general population.

Some Quick Numbers:

-121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (The World Health Organization)

-18 million of these cases are happening in the United States. (The National Institute of Mental Health)

-Between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Survey, 1999)

-Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30 percent of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem.   (NIMH)

-2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.

Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. (NIMH)

The Solution:

Well plain and simple, the solution is you, and me,  it’s all of us.
You were created to love and be loved. You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you’re part of a bigger story. You need to know that your life matters.

We live in a difficult world, a broken world. We know that life is hard for most people most of the time. We believe that everyone can relate to pain, that all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments. You need to know that you’re not alone in the places you feel stuck.

We all wake to the human condition. We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss. Millions of people live with problems of pain. Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay. We know that pain is very real. It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.

You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption. More than anything, our desire is that people would find the hope and help that exist in the face of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. That we must learn and talk about these things, to find life in community, and we have to learn what it means to care for our friends.

You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.

This and more info can be found at twloha.com

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3 Responses

  1. Kyle Poirier says:

    You said it man! Love and understanding are the keys to helping anyone who has some kind of pain in their life. I’m with ya all the way!

  2. ORyan says:

    Hey Kyle! Long time no see! hopefully we will see you at the show? haha

  3. Serenna says:

    that is sooooooooo kool!!! :P I CANT WAIT TILL THE CONCERT! :D

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