Meaning Matters

This past month a man who struggles with deep bouts of depression was telling me about his experience. He mentioned that during periods of despair, his world gets smaller and things seem meaningless. I asked him what was helpful during such difficult times. He mentioned various things but emphasized the unique role his faith plays. He explained that his “relationship with God gives life meaning in a way that no treatment or medication can”. Through his faith in God, living with mental illness is hard, but not meaningless. This conversation reminded me that when it comes to helping people manage their mental health, “meaning matters”.
Dave Eckert, M.Div., CPRP