Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm Not Alright

I'm "pinning" my post You're Not Alone to the top of the main page for a while and I'll be adding more material as this continues to be a hot topic for me and other bloggers.

But why am I making such a big deal out of it, after all Matthew Warren's suicide was a couple of weeks ago and there have been bigger headlines since?

I'm staying on this subject because for me, it is personal. Some of what I'm writing about I relate to within the four walls of my home. Some of this is happening right now within the four walls of my congregation. And it continues to be an issue outside of those four walls, even if they don't make national headlines. Last Monday a local school was on lockdown as a student was reported missing and was assumed to be armed. Later that day he shot himself.

The truth of the matter is, I'm not alright. My family is not alright. You are not alright. We need to get beyond the superficial "fine" when asked how we are doing. Some of us are hurting inside. Some want to hurt themselves or others. The Church cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the struggles associated with mental health. (And you'll see in these posts that "mental health" ranges from severe depression to autism- two extremes that if we're honest, we really don't know what to do with.)

I'm not alright. Are you?

If weakness is a wound
that no one wants to speak of
then cool is just how far we have to fall


Neill Hernandez said...

I'm not alright. So that's why I need to rely on God and His love and His grace.

Anonymous said...

I'm not alright either. This is an honest post and I'm looking forward to reading what you write about this subject. Saying "I'm fine" is an easy way to deny what's really going on in our lives.

Fatha Frank said...

Appreciate the honesty, guys! And you're right, Neill, we need God's grace to get through.

@Thomas, check out the post pinned to the top of my homepage for links to what I wrote the last couple of weeks. There are a few more in draft form that I'm hoping I'll find time to get up this week too. Thanks for commenting!