From time to time I like to remind new readers of the Christians Get Depressed Too films, just in case they know anybody that might benefit from them. These 35-40 minute films present five Christians with five very different stories of depression and of how God gave them hope and help to recover. Their reflections are intercut with interview footage from six counselors representing a wide range of Christian knowledge and experience. While the pain of depression is evident, the overall tone is hopeful and practical.
A young mother and pastor’s wife, Jeni had always believed that depression was a figment of people’s imagination. Certainly a Christian would never get depressed. Jeni and her husband, Greg, tell how depression unexpectedly shattered their world but also how God used the experience for their benefit and to make them a blessing to many others.
Though only 15 years old, Onica has already suffered many losses in her life, including numerous painful bereavements and her parents’ broken marriage. Her relationship with family counselor Dr. Emilie DeYoung, who also appears in this episode, has helped her on the road to recovery and equipped her to face the future with hope. Onica also relates how God has used Alpacas in her healing.
Timika has probably been depressed for many years. Only recently, however, did she recognize it and begin to seek spiritual, psychological, and physical help. A nurse educator, she now recognizes the opportunity she has to prevent her students suffering in the same way.
This film also looks at the unique challenges faced by the African American Community in dealing with mental health issues. Thabiti Anyabwile brings a unique pastoral expertise and Helen Brent speaks with the wisdom of decades spent working as a mental health nurse in the inner city. Sadly (for us), this lovely Christian lady passed away just a few months ago, but we rejoice with hope that she has gone to enjoy eternal light, life, and love.
Paul has struggled with anxiety, discouragement, and depressive tendencies for the past 3-5 years. As a pastor, and a father of ten children, some of whom have special needs, he brings a deep biblical, spiritual, and practical insight into depression and also how the church can help those who suffer with it.
After ten years of suppressing grief and anger about the death of her mother, Sue suddenly fell into a deep depression. Hospitalized and mentally fragile, Sue began a long road to recovery. Her story shows the power of the Gospel and how God used this experience to deepen Sue’s spirituality and make her a brighter witness for Christ.