Frankly, it's about time. It’s no coincidence Christian media has been increasingly marked by headlines like "Suicide, Mental Illness, and the Church," “1 in 3 Protestant Churchgoers Personally Affected by Suicide,” and "With Rising Teen Suicides, the Church Cannot Afford Mixed Messages on Mental Health." Mainstream awareness has been gaining traction on a national level for a while now. But since my annual wellness check last month, I've been nearly overwhelmed, noticing how much action is taking place at the local community level. All around us—all of a sudden, it seems—there are resources and partnerships taking form and function, specifically working to address the topic of mental health in Brookings, South Dakota. And that is a blessing.
God laid the burden on my heart to start confronting this reality in my own life about two years ago. Now I see others doing the same, right here at home. With every step forward, the Lord is showing me answers to prayers I didn’t even know how to pray yet. We are not alone; the Lord of the harvest is bringing the workers.