R U OK?

A conversation can change a life.

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R U OK?

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GOD DID NOT CREATE YOU WITH, AND WILL NEVER GIVE YOU THE SPIRIT OF FEAR. HE HAS GIVEN YOU A SPIRIT OF POWER, LOVE AND A SOUND MIND.

2 Timothy 1:7

MENTAL ILLNESS

So many people today, including Christians, go through their everyday lives hiding a veil of darkness in their hearts and minds. They live with anxiety, depression, shame or some form of mental illness and are afraid to admit or talk about it.

This page is designed to help you notice the signs, find steps to get help and give you words and songs of encouragement to carry you through these challenges. There should be no stigma about mental illness and the struggle it brings. It is a disease. There is health and healing to be found.

STATISTICS

By the year 2020, major depressive disorder will be the #1 health concern of women around the world.

60 million Americans are going to be living with mental illness in the next year.

Each one of us will know and love someone who is living with a mental illness.

1 in 9 are currently on medicine to treat depression.

1 in 5 adults have been on medicine that treated depression.

1 million adults a year report making a suicide attempt.

There is a 300% increase in anti-depressant prescriptions.

Suicide is the #1 killer of kids ages 15-24.

40,000 people commit suicide in the U.S—that is twice the murder rate.

By the year 2020, major depressive disorder will be the #1 health concern of women around the world.

60 million Americans are going to be living with mental illness in the next year.

By the year 2020, major depressive disorder will be the #1 health concern of women around the world.

1 in 9 are currently on medicine to treat depression.

1 in 5 adults have been on medicine that treated depression.

1 million adults a year report making a suicide attempt.

There is a 300% increase in anti-depressant prescriptions.

Suicide is the #1 killer of kids ages 15-24.

40,000 people commit suicide in the U.S—that is twice the murder rate.

POSSIBLE SIGNS

Mental illness effects people in different ways. A change in thoughts or behavior can be early warning signs. Signs alone do not necessarily warrant a diagnosis of mental illness – everybody experiences ups and downs in life. A combination of changes occurring at the same time may indicate a situation that needs attention. Jesus commands us to love others as well as you love yourself. Take some time to look out for others.

• Consistent Pain
• Eating Issues
• Irritability
• Excessive or lack of sleep
• Anger

• Forgetful or hard to focus
• Suicidal thoughts
• Unemotional
• Lack of attention to hygiene
• Social withdrawal

• Consistent Pain
• Eating Issues
• Irritability
• Excessive or lack of sleep
• Anger
• Forgetful or hard to focus
• Suicidal thoughts
• Unemotional
• Lack of attention to hygiene
• Social withdrawal

R U OK?

Be Proactive. If you have noticed a change in someone’s behavior or thinking, don’t hesitate to ask the question, “R U OK?” Sometimes, we see that our friends are off or not the same “happy go lucky” person. At first, they may have a tough time telling you what’s going on. Let them know they are in a safe space by talking to you.

LISTEN

It’s so important that once you have started the conversation, to actually listen. Talking about their problems can be embarrassing and sometimes, almost shameful, so make sure to listen with open ears…be an empathetic and non-judgmental listener.

ENCOURAGE ACTION

You’ve taken an important step and asked the question, “R U OK?” You’ve shown you care by listening to their challenges—now encourage them to take action! Be the voice of hope in their life. Taking the first step is always the hardest so do your best to support them.

Call a friend

Pray

Exercise

Journal

Counseling

Meditation

Attend Church

Dance

Listen To Music

Visit Medical Professional

Celebrate Recovery

Read A Book

Healthy Eating

Watch A Movie

Get A Pet

Join A Connect Group

HELP YOUR FRIEND CREATE A SIMPLE ACTION PLAN

1. Seek professional help.

2. Identify stress triggers.

3. Outline the sources of peace and enjoyability.

4. Seek spiritual guidance and assurance from God, His Word and in Church.

CHECK IN AND SUPPORT

A conversation can change a life.

When people are depressed, it’s even harder for them to reach out and ask for help – that is why it is so crucial for you to follow up and continue to be a cheerleader for them. Create a specified day and time to “hang out” and keep the lines of communication open.

Once a person has opened up to you, the worst thing you can do is abandon them. You must continue to show up and be present in their life. You may be the catalyst for them getting well. Even when people may not want help, we can always pray for them.

NOW MAY GOD, THE INSPIRATION AND FOUNTAIN OF HOPE, FILL YOU TO OVERFLOWING WITH UNCONTAINABLE JOY AND PERFECT PEACE AS YOU TRUST IN HIM. AND MAY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT CONTINUALLY SURROUND YOUR LIFE WITH HIS SUPER-ABUNDANCE UNTIL YOU RADIATE WITH HOPE!

Romans 15:13

PRAYER

No matter the place you stand, God is always ready and willing to hear you. He loves you and cares for you deeply.

Father, I Thank You today that You are my good, good Father who loves me beyond measure. I Thank You for all of the good You have done, are doing and will always do in my life. I recognize today, that You have extended Your immeasurable grace and favor towards me and that although I may be standing in a season of struggle, You are with me and moving on my behalf.

Father, Your Word says to cast my cares upon You. Today, I release my cares to You. I choose to give You the burdens of my life. I know that You care. You know the very number of hairs on my head, so I trust that You see the pain I am struggling with. I trust that You see the chaos that has erupted in my mind; and ultimately, I trust that You are stronger and more powerful than anything that seeks to come into my life to create negativity and destruction.

Father, today I come into agreement with Your Word and its Promises. I rebuke the enemy and the attack he has waged on my mind. I command you, devil, to leave my mind alone. In the Name of Jesus, my mind is sound, and
it is under my control. I stand against negativity, depression, anxiety and any other form of mental illness, and I declare that my mind is free. I rebuke fear, knowing that You did not create me with a spirit of fear. You created me with a spirit of power, love and with a sound mind.

Even when I feel alone, I know that You are with me. Even when there seems to be no hope, I know that I always have hope in You. Even when darkness is all I can see, I know Your light is present. Father, I ask that Your supernatural peace that surpasses all understanding fill my heart and mind. Strengthen me as I walk towards deliverance and peace. I believe that Your miracle-working power is setting into motion total restoration and victory in my life.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

DECLARATIONS

There is healing and life available to you as you speak the Word of God. Confess these on a daily basis.

I am healed.
I am free from depression. I am free from anxiety. I am free from mental illness.
God has not given me a spirit of fear so I am not afraid.
In fact, I will not fear because greater is He that is alive on the inside of me than any feeling, emotion, sickness or disease.
My mind is not chaotic. It is peaceful and orderly.
I think good thoughts, thoughts full of faith and hope.
My mind functions according to the way You designed it to.
I believe that You died so that I can live the God kind of life. I will live and enjoy the God kind of life!
My days are good days, days full of hope, joy and laughter.
I declare that Your peace abounds in my life, and I am a living testimony of Your health, welfare and prosperity.
I believe that You have made every kind of good available to me, and Your good is my reality.
I am full of hope!
I have a confident expectation for my life.
I will live a good life, a long life and a satisfied, happy, hopeful life!
I place my trust in You and choose to rest in the finished works of the cross. I am healed, redeemed and delivered from all forms of mental illness.

BIBLE PROMISES

SCRIPTURES FOR HOPE

Jeremiah 29:11
Romans 15:13
Hebrews 6:18-19
1 Peter 1:3
Psalm 39:7

SCRIPTURES FOR STRENGTH

Psalm 18:1-2
2 Corinthians 9:8
John 16:33
Romans 8:38-39
Isaiah 40:31

SCRIPTURES FOR MENTAL STABILITY

Philippians 4:6-8
Psalm 40:1-3
1 Peter 5:6-7
Isaiah 43:1-3
Deuteronomy 31:8
Psalm 34:17

SCRIPTURES FOR JOY

Galatians 5:22
Psalm 144:15
Philippians 4:4
Psalm 118:24
Psalm 28:7
John 16:22

CHECK OUT OUR SPOTIFY LINK FOR INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC!

Here’s a little look into what’s on our R U OK? playlist.

Be Still – Hillsong Worship
Do It Again – Elevation Worship
No Longer Slaves – Bethel Music
Peace Be Still – Lauren Daigle
Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin
O Come To The Altar – Elevation Worship
Not Today – Hillsong United
One Thing Remains – Jesus Culture

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ECSTATIC PRAISE POURS OUT OF MY MOUTH UNTIL EVERYONE HEARS HOW GOD HAS SET ME FREE. MANY WILL SEE HIS MIRACLES; THEY’LL STAND IN AWE OF GOD AND FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM!

Psalm 40:3

CRISIS HOTLINES

National Suicide Prevention

1-800-273-8255

Veteran’s Suicide Prevention

1-800-273-TALK

Emergence Health Network Local Crisis Line

915-779-1800

National Alliance on Mental Illness Help Line

1-800-273-8255

Teen Helpline

1-800-852-8336

2-1-1.org

211
Provides free and confidential information and referral for mental health services, help with food, housing, employment, counseling and more.

Childhelp USA

1-800-422-4453 or 1-800-4ACHILD
Crisis line assists both child and adult survivors of abuse, including sexual abuse; also provides treatment referrals.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Connect Groups & Celebrate Recovery

ALFC.com/groups/ or 915-532-8543

Prayer Request

We would love to pray for you. Email us at ALFC.com/prayer-request/ or click on the Connect tab and go to Prayer Request.