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Originally, I was going to try to focus the lesson on the entire talk by Sister Aburto, but when I hit about 20 quotes from her talk that I really couldn't cut out, I realized that to do the topic justice, I would have to break it into 2 parts.
PART 1 - The Scope of the Problem and What it Looks Like
PART 2 (Upcoming in 2 weeks) - Positive Solutions
WHY? - Because I can. <quasi-kidding>
1) I can teach on this talk because it is not impacted by where I am faith-wise.
2) It's important.
3) I think I can estimate my exposure and impact of mental health stuff to about 30 years of my life so far- some of it mine, some of it of family members. So I know a few things about the content, but I am also more sensitive and take seriously the charge to "do no harm" or be insensitive.
- Mental divergence and additional mental things are something we know about in our household and we work on managing it as we do our stuff. I try to give the message that there is no stigma in having a mental challenge - there is stigma in wallowing in it and doing nothing about it once the crisis period/angst has diminished.
- Because I took this topic seriously, I had my mom and the 1st counselor in our R.S. Presidency look over my notes to make sure I wasn't missing anything or being unhelpful
- My 10 year old knows about depression and has identified feeling it herself during periods of time. When I designed the lesson, I designed it assuming that she would be there listening. I made sure to point out that while mental health issues were a serious topic, there was hope and resources - and that I was going to devote an entire lesson to that hope and resources.
- I still went into it with lots of butterflies in my stomach - I was really concerned that I might say something insensitive. I also managed to screw up getting the song queued up and getting the paper strips cut. [The joys of restroom runs before classes with toddlers...]
- Love of Daughter - my daughter turned 10 on Saturday, and I texted some of our church friends asking them to make a big deal of it verbally when they saw her. One of those sisters asked me if they could sing to her if they saw her in R.S. The first counselor (my friend) also made an announcement in R.S. and they sang to her (and she loved it).
- Minimal Derailment - Yes, talking about the scope of depression means dealing with the fact that people hurt themselves and attempt to end their lives. However, we didn't go down those paths too much and had solid conversations about the topic. I might have unwittingly set up the environment to go that route by having my daughter there.
- Note Stealing Request - One of the sisters raised her hand and and asked for my notes directly during class.
- Balanced Connection - Several of the sisters pointed out the importance of ministering and being sensitive to others - and being there. Not as an obligation - just as being a good friend.
- Next Lesson Prep Mostly Done - I have about 80% of the next lesson already prepared because I divided and expanded the lessons.