Saturday, September 24, 2022

Are you depressed?

Are you depressed? Is someone you love dealing with depression?


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My guest this week, Paul Asay, author of Beauty in the Browns: Walking with Christ in the Darkness of Depression(Focus on the Family, 2021), has first-hand experience with the depths of depression. Not only has he cared for his son who struggles with mental illness, but he’s felt the effects of depression himself throughout his life.
“It’s a dark room that locks the sufferer inside, whispering through the bars that they will never escape — that no one cares, that you deserve to be there, and it’s all there ever will be,” he describes.
With September being the National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, it’s important to not only acknowledge the reality and hardship of depression — but also to discuss how families and friends can support their loved ones that feel trapped.
“As a loved one, you don’t necessarily have the key to the prison,” Paul says. “It’s not a condition that you can hug or reason away, and it can feel incredibly helpless to not know how to help someone.”
So what can you do?
Paul is available to give practical and compassionate advice on how to care for your loved one suffering from depression, and he can speak on what it is like to step into a seemingly hopeless space and find strength through Christ.
  • What works and what doesn’t when speaking to and encouraging someone with depression
  • What environmental factors can feed into depression — and how can you watch for warning signs that your loved one might be struggling
  • How to lean on Christ and seek hope when loving someone with depression
Lies Satan tells all of us:
  • You’re not good enough.
  • Everyone is against you.
  • There’s no way out. Things will never get better.
Lies are immediate and truths are eventual.



Suicide Hotlines in The United States

Crisis Text LineText HOME to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Is church still relevant?

 Is church still relevant?

Photo by Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash

Does church even matter anymore? I’m not talking about believing in God, “religion” or “being spiritual” but does getting together on Sunday morning in a building matter? Is that still relevant in the 21st century?
In this episode I’m talking with Zachary Mettler. Zach is a staff writer for Focus on the Family’s Daily Citizen. He recently wrote a piece for the Washington Examiner titled 'Digital religion' offers new opportunities — and threats — for believers.
We discuss the relevancy of church in modern life, and some of the impact the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 had on children, their development and mental health. Mettler is working another article which speaks to the harmful impacts the lockdowns had where he discovered the lockdowns resulted in:
91% increase in self harm in children
300% increase in children seeking medical help for self harm
63% increase in overdoses and a large spike in emergency room visits because of that.
We also talked loneliness in adults.
One recent surveyfound that the number of Americans who say they have no close friends rose to 12% in 2021 from 3% in 1990. Among young men, especially, that number is higher. Fifteen percent of men report having no close friends, according to the poll.
So IF church matters, is on-line church a suitable replacement?
A large number of young adults are turning to “digital religion,” according to a studyfrom the University of Waterloo.
“We’ve found that while digital religion isn’t necessarily attracting a lot of new millennials to participate, it is making the experience of those already involved richer,” Wilkins-Laflamme said.
Another recent surveyconducted by the American Enterprise Institute found that younger people are experiencing a “loneliness epidemic.” They are “lonelier in general than older people because most of them are not as rooted in particular relationships and communities,” the research found.
One of the activities associated with a reduced feeling of loneliness was frequent church attendance. “Americans who are members of religious congregations are less likely to feel lonely,” the survey found.

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Selfie Culture - Is social media damaging your (and your child's) mental health?

 

Photo by ROBIN WORRALL on Unsplash

It's been a while, way too long, but this is the return of the podcast! We're starting off strong with a very timely topic and a great guest. Paul Asay is Sr Associate Editor of PluggedIn.com an author and dad. We're talking about selfie culture and how comparison can harm your (and your child's) mental health. We discuss some steps to take to help mitigate the harmful effects of social media, ways to make sure you are staying in the moment and not trapped behind a screen, and we even discuss some photography tips and tricks. (Save some money by shooting your engagement photos at Olive Garden instead of Italy!) 

According to a 2018 survey, 82 percent of U.S. adults under 34 had taken and posted a selfie on social media. It’s safe to say that number has since increased. Instagram has over 53 million photos tagged with the hashtag #selfie. There’s even an entire industry dedicated to selfie events. But have today’s youth and young adults become so preoccupied with being seen on social media that they no longer enjoy real-life experiences? And is the obsession with posting that allusive “perfect photo” leading to an increase in low self-esteem and depression? Sadly, self-image on social media has had a devastating impact on many young adults’ confidence — even leading to an increase in demand for plastic surgery the past two years. 

Feel free to follow Paul Asay on Twitter @AsayPaul.





For the more tech-minded among us, it's worth noting this is my first podcast in my home studio using the Rode Rodecaster Pro II with an Electrovoice RE320 microphone and connected to my guest via my iPhone 13 and routed into the Rodecaster via bluetooth. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Back to School at Lone Jack Elementary with Mission of Hope

 It's back to school time in Kentucky. This year has been difficult for me personally, so it was nice to join forces with some friends to share some hope with the children at Lone Jack Elementary School in Bell County. Thanks to the supporters of Mission of Hope a truck-load of school supplies and hygiene items are now in the hands of deserving children in this rural Kentucky town. 

If you'd like to learn more about the work of Mission of Hope you can visit their website here.