It’s often much easier to talk about a physical injury or illness because the effects are visible for everyone to see. We easily feel empathy for those people because of the things that they struggle with. We pray and hope that they find medical help and healing. When they take time off from work or Church service or postpone life events to deal with their illness, it is understandable and supported. However, many health challenges are unseen. Those that are within the confines of our minds or the chemical makeup of our bodies aren’t always apparent, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t as real, painful, or as prevalent as physical ailments.
Many people who deal with emotional or mental challenges suffer in silence because they don’t know where to turn or who to talk to. If you are one of these people, please know that you are not alone. According to a 2014 Newsweek article, nearly 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from an emotional or mental illness at some point in their life.
Because mental illness is not widely understood, it can be difficult to know where to go for help and support. According to this Church website, mental illness may affect the way your brain functions: your thoughts, behavior, emotions, and the ability to process information. It can make everyday living very difficult.
Just as your “body is a temple,” and the Lord expects you to do all in your power to care for it, so too is your mind. While medication can be very helpful in certain situations and may even be the best option for you, there are also several lifestyle changes that you can try to help keep symptoms and feelings in check:
If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental or emotional illness, there is help and hope available. While the condition might not be fully resolved in this life, know that through the Atonement and power of Jesus Christ, you can have peace now and complete healing in the future.