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This mental health resource was recommended during general conference—read about it here


In the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, one of the more memorable messages for me came from Elder Erich W. Kopischke, who spoke candidly about the challenges of mental health.

He shared personal stories about his son’s struggle with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, and asked for more patience and understanding on the part of family members, friends, and leaders.

Learning will lead to more understanding, more acceptance, more compassion, more love.
Elder Erick. W. Kopischke, “Addressing Mental Health”

The social media reactions to Elder Kopischke’s timely and heart-felt message rang out in praise.

One of the resources Elder Kopischke recommended for increasing understanding was the Mental Health section in the Gospel Library app and online.

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This resource page is broken down into five sections: General Principles, Help for Me, Help for Parents and Families, Help for Someone Else: Leaders, and Where to Learn More.

Each of these sections answers real and common questions about mental health, such as:

And each question is answered with inspired thoughts from Church leaders as well as practical resources. For example, the General Principles section includes both distress hotlines for those in immediate need of professional health and a quote from Elder Quentin L. Cook:

This life is not always easy, nor was it meant to be; it is a time of testing and proving. … At times when we may feel to say, ‘Hope you know, I had a hard time,’ we can be assured that [Jesus Christ] is there and we are safe in His loving arms.
Elder Quentin L. Cook, “Hope Ya Know, We Had a Hard Time”

You can read a summary of Elder Kopischke’s address from Church News here.

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