Popular gospel group The Walls Group recently appeared on “The Terrell Show” to promote their new single, “You’ve Got a Friend,” and were candid about their struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts.
The brother and sister quartet, Darrel McGlothen Walls, Rhea Walls, Alic (Paco) Walls, and Ahjah Walls, kicked off the interview by talking about how they came to be an ensemble in 2009. After some impromptu songs, the discussion took a serious turn when the host asked the group how they knew God was real.
“I think I knew God was real when He didn’t give me what I wanted,” Paco admitted. “I spent a lot of time in depression. I spent a lot of time in self-loathing. And through little things throughout my life, He just showed himself realer and realer every day.”
The youngest of the four, Ahjah, chimed in and said although she’s young she too has been through things. She revealed that she doesn’t share much with others because she internalizes her emotions but God still always sends someone her way with encouragement.
“I think what solidified the reality of who God is to me was … He would send people to me, like that didn’t have an inkling of what I was going through … to encourage me or help me, or just speak life to me,” she emotionally said.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, use of antidepressants has been rising — from 7.7% in 1999–2002 to 12.7% in 2011–2014.
Depression at its worst leads to suicide and it affects 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. It’s estimated that 15 percent of people will experience depression at some point in their adult lives.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law