An in-depth conversation with my best friend and pastor about the similar stigmas and judgements surrounding depression in and outside of the church. Mainly, the mistakes that individuals make when confronted with someone who has found themselves battling depression, anxiety, or trauma.
Pastor Jeffrey Johnston from Calvary Assembly
Podcast Produced by Kaela Tenn
Intro/Outro Beat Produced by Benny Teferra
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In The Light with Dr. Anita Phillips
Bible Scriptures Mentioned (for Encouragement and Comfort):
“I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.” (Psalm 139: 11-12 NLT)
“Why, my soul, are you so downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:5-6 NIV)
“Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.” (Isaiah 41:10 MSG)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
The Canadian Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7/365 and long distance charges do not apply for those who wish to call at 1-833-456-4566. They are also available via text at 45645 between 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET (standard text messaging rates apply).
Crisis Services Canada for suicide prevention and support: call at 1-833-456-4566
Distress and crisis centres across Ontario: https://www.dcontario.org/
Good2Talk Helpline is Ontario’s 24/7 helpline for post-secondary students: call at 1-866-925-5454 or text to 686868
Kids Help Phone: call at 1-800-668-6868
Hope for Wellness offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada (available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut): call at 1-855-242-3310
National Residential School Crisis Line: call at 1-866-925-4419
LGBTQ+ Youthline Ontario: call at 647-694-4275 or chat, text and email
Assaulted Women’s Helpline: call toll-free at 1-866-863-0511
For more information on helplines, visit the Canadian Mental Health Association.
This podcast is in honour of all those we have lost to suicide and mental illness. Kindness, love, and a little bit of patience can all go a long way.