I’m nearly 60. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety all my life. I see how the church needs to be loving the depressed.
Stigma is the main reason only a third of people with serious depression and/or anxiety ever seek treatment, which sadly can lead to suicide.
To help prevent suicide, watch for: depression, bi-polar, suicidal thoughts, isolation, risky behavior, weapons, worsening health, giving away possessions.
Suffering...I had lost my freedom and abilities to do things quickly. I was angry and upset. I was even more depressed. I hated life. I prayed for healing.