Serena Lee (she/her/hers) is a graduate student at Azusa Pacific University hoping to earn her Masters of Social Work degree in Spring 2021. Her three most important passions in life are mental health and restorative justice, theology, and church life, which she hopes to intertwine in the future as a social worker. When she is not studying or working, you will most likely find her bouldering, writing music, or goofing around and eating with her good friends!
I’ve had my fair share of Christians over-spiritualizing my emotional and mental pain. Unbeknownst to me, these negative interactions with other Christians shaped my belief that mental health could only be appropriately addressed by mental health professionals.
They actually laughed at me when I finally showed them my Zoloft prescription. “You can’t be depressed if you’re a strong Christian!” Mama exclaimed. “Everyone is depressed. You should be able to get over being ‘sad’ without medication,” Baba mocked.
A church auntie snatched the microphone out of my hand. “Enough! You’ve said enough; now sit down.” “Young people,” I heard someone mutter as I sat down.