1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year. From anxiety and depression to OCD and PTSD. The amount of people suffering on a daily base from mental health is increasing rapidly. According to the BBC in 1993 6.9% of people struggled with a mental health condition. Now 25% of people are currently struggling from a mental health condition each year.

This is not what God wanted for our lives. We are told that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. That we should not be anxious “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” We are told there is no need to fear “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” We are told by our father that “… the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

Throughout our lives we face trials and challenges… I was diagnosed with a generalised anxiety disorder and a panic disorder in my first year of university. It took over my life in every aspect. It drove a wedge between myself and my friends and family and finally I pushed myself away from God. I was in the darkest place I had even been because I chose not to listen to God and to ignore the promises, he made me. After 3 challenging years and a lot of help from what I now recognise was God working in my life, I began to manage my mental health better. Every single thing we face and have faced in life, no matter how overwhelming we have never and will never have to face alone. We can choose to try and separate God from our struggles, but from my experience it's not a good or enjoyable path. Its long and dark and unnecessary. He can do anything and everything, our suffering is not what he wants. He can help guide you though it.