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"To be known and not loved is our greatest fear."

- Timothy Keller -

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"Does anybody truly know me?"

Suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 10 to 29, with males accounting for more than 71% of all suicides last year. (Samaritans of Singapore, 2019)

When our youths brave through mental health issues, there's always 2 sides to their stories. 

As we come alongside them, are we relieving—or even contributing to— their loneliness? 

Remember: there's always 2 sides to the story. 

 

2 roommates. 2 sports buddies.

Lives separated by doors of pride, fear, busyness and assumptions.

There're 2 sides to every story.

Social Media & Loneliness The Depressed Christian

The friend with a beautiful smile.

Attempts to reach out for help, but fearful of showing brokenness.

 

The roommate who knows. But can't.

"I'm too busy."

"I'm not ready to help."

She definitely feels guilt for causing her friend more pain by ignoring the silent cries for help.

The schoolmate who plays hard.

He's best in sports but lost in own pains, trapped in own pursuits.

The cousin who loves his mobile games.

Facing the reality of a broken family, he escapes into a virtual world.

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Cru Singapore presents a short story on lives impacted by mental health issues. When a youth is afflicted, the people around him/her are also impacted—family, friends, colleagues, community members, etc..

There's always 2 sides to a story. Mental health issues are never simple.

God’s truth and love can be expressed in many ways through the Church—either through providing practical help, listening ear etc.. There's so much room for improvement!

We hope this simple video will spur us all to think—and act—appropriately and creatively. For Christians who are helping, may our posture always be one that places God at the centre, not ourselves.

*Although all characters and events depicted in this short film are entirely fictitious, some of the cast members have prior personal experience with loneliness and anxiety. They have not only contributed their time and talents to the video production, but also precious thoughts on the subject matter. From the bottom of our hearts, thank YOU.

You are not alone.

As Christians, we believe there's one vital story that speaks truth and love into our loneliness and anxiety—God’s redemptive story.

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