PASTORAL MESSAGE, September 2011
(We all need) Seasonal Support
I am sitting in my home office in Southeast Wisconsin, watching trees dance with the wind, trying to wrap my mind around the fact that summer is over. Summer’s end brings the beginning of school, congregational ingatherings, the gradual shift from outdoor to indoor activities and shorter days.
I confess I am not one of those people who loves the fall and enjoys watching leaves turn colors and taking walks in the cool crisp air. However, I admire the lovers of fall and their enthusiastic attitude related to the change of the season. For some people this time of year is energizing and spiritually renewing. For others, it is the season that begins the annual challenge to not hit the snooze button on their alarm clock five times or sit in their favorite chair playing Super Mario Brothers. all day while missing meals or eating cookies (or other carbohydrates) because their brain is in a fog and their energy level is on empty. Sometimes the person feels so empty they consider suicide. If the above description sounds familiar, you may be experiencing something called seasonal depression.
If you are experiencing seasonal depression, there are things you can do to combat it. For example, exercise, eating a balanced diet, attending a support group, therapy or talking with your family, friends, minister, or DRE and letting them know how you are feeling. If you are suicidal and you have a plan, call 911. However, if you are considering suicide and you do not have a plan call:
– National Suicide Prevention – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
– LGBT and questioning youth – 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
I want you to remember that a significant number of people feel what you are feeling and have gone through what you are experiencing. So keep in mind that you are not alone and ask for help.
I Love You,