In this post I wanted to provide a quick round up of suggested resources for people struggling with emotional health issues. Because as I mentioned here, depression and emotional health is multi-faceted, you will want to look at a range of helps responding to both the spiritual and physical dynamics involved. I will also try to add recommendations as I find them. I am also leaving the comments section open at the bottom of the page so you can add your suggestions
First of all, all the articles relating to depression on this site have been assigned to a specific category which you can find here.
My friend Stephen Kneale has written and provided podcasts talking about his own experience of facing depression.
Mark Meynall is another pastor learning to live with depression. His book “When darkness seems my closest friend” is very helpful.
As mentioned in my last blog post on the subject, Martyn Lloyd Jones book “Spiritual Depression” has become a classic. As you read this, don’t forget that it is focused on spiritual causes and symptoms but depression is often caused by other factors too.
In my post on causes of depression, I highlighted that the attacks of others can be a direct cause. Ron Dunn’s book “Surviving friendly fire” is therefore a crucial read. You may also find my article “When friends turn. The enemy within” helpful too. Ron’s book “When Heaven is Silent” is also high on my list of recommendations.
I have written a number of articles about the problems of bullying and abuse in the church -available here.
I have found the Psalms to be so helpful during times when I have low or under siege.
I have also found the following songs helpful to listen to:
Suggestions from others
Ben Carswell has offered this article from Roger Carswell – the perspective of a patient “Treasures of Darkness”
Here is a testimony by Aled Saego
Jeremy Brooks suggests the book “Christians get depressed too” by David P Murray
Jack Eswine, Spurgeon’s Sorrows has been suggested by Fiona Gibson