Americans’ assessment of their mental health is worse than it has been at any point in the last two decades, according to a recent Gallup survey. Nearly 10% of youth in the United States have severe major depression, and one in four older adults report having anxiety or depression.
But also, according to research, people in the U.S. are experiencing greater mental health challenges from the pandemic than other nations. Why is this, and what can we do about it?
In my years of doing trauma healing work overseas with American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute*, I’ve learned a great deal from children and families in other countries who face extremely difficult circumstances. Many of them experience ongoing trauma and loss, yet they are still able to experience emotional healing and equilibrium.
In the West, we are easily consumed with our comforts and wealth. This time of prolonged physical and economic suffering has come as a shock, and it’s an opportunity to learn how to stay focused on God in all circumstances.
Here are three mental health strategies, based in Biblical wisdom, that I’ve seen in cultures overseas that Christians can apply to their own healing:
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Margi McCombs
Margi McCombs, Ph.D., is the director of children and teen trauma healing for the Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society.