What’s the connection between a mental disorder and a chronic illness? It’s a much closer connection than you may think. For one thing, both are conditions that stay with a person indefinitely – meaning there’s no foreseeable end point at which the sufferer can say, “I’m cured.”
Hayley Chase has experience with this kind of persistent challenge. Over the next three shows, she will share her story about wrestling with mental health issues from childhood. The challenges she has faced come not only from within, but also from people around her who haven’t understood how to come alongside her and help, and quite often end up unintentionally making things more difficult.
This is a difficult topic, but one that impacts all of us. The people of God should be the first to come around our suffering brothers and sisters, and that’s why Hayley is sharing her story!
This is a story of hope, and that’s exactly what Barry Phillips and David Jones discuss in their midrash. As they explain, our hope is linked with faith, which is not just belief, but a call to action! They are joined by Teshuva and Will Spires, who bring musical messages of hope.
Check out Stilled Spirits, the Facebook group Hayley hosts that is “meant to be a place where we can share our hearts with honesty.” Stilled Spirits is designed primarily for women who struggle with depression and/or anxiety, but others are welcome.