The Church has released a new video about depression titled “Like a Broken Vessel.” This touching video draws on teachings from Elder Holland’s conference talk “Like a Broken Vessel,” along with stories from people who experience mental illness. The video reminds us that hope and healing is possible through Jesus Christ.
The Church has also updated the Mental Health page on LDS.org (see MentalHealth.lds.org) with additional resources and help. This page offers more in-depth videos of the interviews with members who struggle with depression, sadness, eating disorders, sexual abuse, schizophrenia, and suicide. More videos to be posted to this page over the coming months.
Today, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland posted the following message on Facebook:
Three years ago, I felt impressed to speak at general conference about the painful, life-altering condition of depression that affects so many. You can read the address here.
We came to earth to face issues of mortality in the form of trials, temptations, disease, and death. It is essential for us to face personal struggles because opposition is a crucial part of Father’s plan. I suppose everybody will have some kind of an experience where they say, “I’m never going to be happy again.”
Well, we are going to be happy again. That is also a part of the plan. It’s the very nature of it. Hang on and hope. Never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. Never, ever doubt His love for you. Hold fast to the Atonement. Believe in miracles. When you’ve done all you can do, endure to the end. And remember, hope is never lost.
Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed. While God is at work making those repairs, the rest of us can help by being merciful, nonjudgmental, and kind.
Whether you are just discovering the importance of caring for your own mental health, learning to cope with a mental illness, or searching for solutions to help a loved one, I invite you to visit the page MentalHealth.lds.org.