Overcoming Stress, Depression and Anxiety

overcome depressionI heard today that 10% of 5-16 years olds in the UK suffer from mental health issues. It is well known that depression affects many church ministers, and that Christians suffer from anxiety issues as much as any people group. Some doctors say up to 75% of cases in their surgeries are stress related.

Without a doubt we live in a day when poor mental health is at epidemic levels.

But if you suffer from stress, anxiety and even life debilitating depression you are in good company. Spiritual leaders from King David to Elijah seemed to suffer. Elijah wanted to take his own life, while the warrior King David talked of crying all night! These are tough men in extreme mental anguish.

Many great leaders from Churchill to Abraham Lincoln also suffered from the pain of enduring too much emotional and mental pressure, leaving them depressed.

If you are suffering from irrational fears, irritability, a sense of being overwhelmed all the time, an inability to make decisions, dark hopelessness or constant tearfulness, perhaps chronic anxiety has led you to depression. Even “good” Christians (in fact it’s more likely that “good” Christians!) go there.

You see depression is often the disease of the strong.

It’s those who have tried to keep it all together for others who eventually break under the strain. Trying to be selfless for years, desiring to be “excellent”, attempting to please too many people, or pretending to be the strong one for the sake of the needy around you – this is who is most commonly impacted by depression.

Thankfully, though we the Church have much to learn about ministering to the depressed, both the bible and God fully understand. His word is full of ways to walk back out of depression, change focus, rest wisely and find a better way to live.

In 3 talks, spread over 2 hours of teaching, I talk about my own battles with stress, how God teaches us to overcome, and how we can return to the peace He promised. I talk about the taboo of depression, how the Bible teaches we can overcome, and how the grace of God is there to help us. This has been one of our most requested teaching series to date.

Check it out in itunes today. I pray it blesses you richly…

Listen and download Overcoming Stress, Depression and Anxiety from itunes for just £2.49

Comments

11 comments on “Overcoming Stress, Depression and Anxiety”
  1. Juliet Turnbull says:

    Have just downloaded overcoming stress, depression and anxiety teaching on iTunes, however it only play the first couple of minutes up to the Toys R us story then stops. What shoul I do? Have tried downloading it again but no joy.

    Any suggestions??

    Thanks

    1. Hi. I can’t say we’ve had the problem before, so not sure how to fix it (has it fully downloaded?). We will happily post you the cd set to be sure if download isn’t working. Simply email yr postal address to jarrod@newlifehull.org and we’ll sort it. Apologies for inconvenience. Jarrod

  2. Sharon says:

    Is it possible to buy this on a CD? I would love to hear these messages.

    1. There’s a link on this page http://jarrodcooper.net/products/

  3. Sam Day says:

    Thanks for doing this. Anxiety and depression has been a generational curse in my family and progress can seem so slow. It’s hard enough dealing with it for yourself but then you see it taking shape in your children….. Now that’s a real challenge! Prayer and worship helps but finding the right scriptures to study and soothe the soul helps too. I can’t wait to hear the teaching. And for £2.50 too! Thank you Jarrod. Your persistence in God really brings much needed help and encouragement. God bless you and your lovely family :0)

    1. Thank u & God bless u Sam!

  4. paul Witchalls says:

    I have been through alot if stress- divorce and a social worker. I listen to UCB at 12 midnight I have been blessed by Gods word through you. Passion of Christ and escape from religion and the presence of God- this ministry has truly helped change my thinking and focus. Thankyou for your following of Christ.

    1. Thank you!

  5. vivian says:

    How can i get hold of the cd overcoming ansurft , Stress…
    I Live in birmingham

    1. The cd is available on this page http://jarrodcooper.net/products/ God bless!

  6. mark says:

    Jarrod, this is very interesting. Although not directly linked, I would be very interested in discussing a related joint partnership. Please PM me.

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