On June 20, the Church released a video regarding depression awareness entitled “Like a Broken Vessel.”
The video contained several members of the Church sharing their experiences with depression and how they have found hope.
More than 16 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to the video. One in every four people in the world will develop a mental illness at some point in their life.
During the October 2013 session of general conference, Elder Jeffery R. Holland spoke on depression and said he himself once struggled with the illness.
“I took a psychic blow that was as unanticipated as it was real,” Elder Holland said. “With the grace of God and the love of my family, I kept functioning and kept working, but even after all these years I continue to feel a deep sympathy for others more chronically or more deeply afflicted with such gloom than I was.”
Elder Holland said there are ways to reach out to loved ones struggling with depression, according to his 2013 conference address.
“None of us can go very far without finding someone who’s struggling with something,” Elder Holland said. “In your devoted effort to assist with another’s health, do not destroy your own. In all these things be wise. Do not run faster than you have strength. Whatever else you may or may not be able to provide, you can offer your prayers and you can give ‘love unfeigned.'”
The video addresses many ways those struggling with depression can seek help.
“Seek the advice of reputable people with certified training, professional skills, and good values,” Elder Holland said. “Be honest with them about your history and your struggles. Prayerfully and responsibly consider the counsel they give and the solutions they prescribe.”
Following Elder Holland’s talk in 2013, BYU-Idaho initiated a depression counseling group called “Like a Broken Vessel.”
This group counseling session meets every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. in the Hyrum Manwaring Center room 176B. These sessions are free to any BYU-I student, according to the BYU-I counseling webpage.
One woman struggling with depression shared her experiences in the video and said she found hope in Heavenly Father.
“Heavenly Father just loves us for our intrinsic value as his children,” she said. “He does not love us because of our strengths or our weaknesses or because of anything we do or don’t do. It’s not something we deserve and it’s not something that we earn, it just is, and it’s always going to be there.”
Elder Holland said most people will feel during at least one point in their lives as though they are never going to be happy again, but that is not true.
“We are going to be happy again,” Elder Holland said. “That is the nature of this plan. t’s the nature of joy. We have to hang on and believe that. We do the best we can, and when we’ve done all we can do, we endure. Hang in there and press forward and be steadfast and count on that light at the end of the tunnel and the blessing at the end of the day.”