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Hello Mi Neighbour | Protect yourself from depression

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 12:10 AM

Hello mi neighbour! A depressed mother needs your help. Her grown son who suffers from bipolar disorder has been displaced by his father. He is no longer welcome at home because "he is too out of order...he is a big man and must go out and fend for himself!" In trying to assist this victim of circumstances, his mother is asking neighbours for a bed and a stove for him. He also needs prayers. Any takers?

Bipolar disorder is a mental condition with periods of depression and periods of elevation of mood. Individuals so affected often make poor choices with little regard to the consequences. During periods of depression they may cry, become negative and make very little eye contact with others. The risk of suicide among them is usually high. Its causes are not clearly understood. It is believed however, that environmental and genetic factors are contributors to this problem. Of importance, this disease which affects countless millions around the world is treatable.

So what do we do with our loved ones who through no fault of theirs become challenged to the point where their wellbeing places an uncomfortable demand on us? Some persons may decide to commit them to an institution, some may abandon them and still, some may decide to tough it out with them. Whatever decision taken at this time is bound to place some pressure on the decision maker. This could even lead to mental disorder in these persons as well. People, it really doesn't matter how tough we think we are individually, we are really frail beings who at one time or another will need the collective hand.

Individual existence

I restate this statement, "our individual existence highly impinges on the support of others". In other words our interdependence is a "life support system". When we can no longer 'breathe' - manage on our own - others are expected to assist with our restoration to wholeness. Trust this concept of being will rest heavily on our minds this and every day.

What would have happened to my friend who became incapacitated by a serious bout of the Zika virus last weekend had no one been around to be her hands and feet? And by the way, stay away from Zika if you can.

So here is my point today, protect yourself as much as you can from depression, Zika virus, diabetes and all the other maladies which attack humanity. But, please bear in mind that all are exposed to unforeseen misfortunes which can be so devastating whenever they occur. Back to my opening paragraph, it is clear that this is a family in crisis. The father in trying to resolve the matter has displaced his son (could it be that he himself has become bipolar?).

The son can do very little to help himself. The sympathetic mother is asking for a bed and a stove for him.

Should we face these circumstances what would be our request?

Before answering, let's process the Creators command: love your neighbour as yourself and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Thanks to neighbours:

Christine, Kingston, for offering clothing for children and adults.

Neighbour, for offering clothing for children and adults.

Sister Creary, St Thomas, for offering plot for a house to a needy neighbour.

Neighbour, for offering a refrigerator to a neighbour.

Opportunities for helping

Neighbour, single mother of four asking for a stove, a little food and clothing for children.

Neighbour, asking neighbours for second -hand sewing machine or $3,000 to towards repairing the one which she presently has.

Pauline, St Catherine, asking neighbours for a bed, television and food.

Jennifer, St Catherine, asking for a television and extra large diapers.

Audrey, unemployed, asking neighbours for an industrial surger to help make a living.

Camille, Christian, single mother - asking for a mattress.

Rose, St Andrew, unemployed - caring for uncle who is crippled - cannot leave him. Asking for a container or material to start a little business

To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour C/o 53 Half-Way-Tree Road, Kingston 10; e-mail