Over the past 10 years, we’ve become better at talking about mental health issues. Many of us wear our hearts on our sleeves, literally. Anxious has become an adjective, an Instagram bio. It’s not uncommon to see wrists decorated with semicolon tattoos, a symbol supporting suicide prevention.
But these conditions remain invisible. As much as we want to liken them to a broken arm or bout of flu, they can’t be diagnosed with x-rays or blood tests. Likewise, they can’t be healed without tremendous effort from the one who is hurting, something that can feel impossible with a condition like depression.
It’s this that can make these issues feel so hopeless. But when we have hope, we have healing.