People present themselves at coaching and counseling looking for help when there is no hope, their faith has become weak, and the prospect of a bright future is no longer seen. The work done in sessions may not be easy, but one of the hardest steps is seeking out help. The guidance and strength needed to endure the present struggle can be found, but finding it can be the hardest step to recovering. Continued faith, work, and belief in themselves will guide them through the difficulties they are enduring. While the light seen in their heart is kindled, their eyes begin to open and a new light, one full of hope and energy overwhelms.
Finding hope in the midst of hopelessness is a task easier said than done. It’s like trying to navigate a new city without a map: scary, seemingly impossible, and unpromising. So many people struggling from a mental health illness lose their hope in the future, their ability to go on, and God. It can feel as though they are wondering through life aimlessly with an overwhelming certainty that nothing will ever be right again that engulfs their daily thoughts. In those moments, there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Many people who struggle with a mental illness also have very little faith that things will get better. Faith that things can and will get better is significant when working to regain hope. Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness. However, after periods of darkness, I’ve heard people say they realized life can be different and there is something better to come. After so much hopelessness, their continued faith allowed them to feel hopeful in the future. And along side this newfound hope, their faith.
Madeline Stiers, Mental Health Coach
Hope and Healing Center & Institute