Our Aims for this site
Bind up the broken hearted
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favour and the day of vengeance of our God,to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour.
Broken hearted people in darkness is a fairly accurate picture of what depression feels like. The Christian Depression Pages (CDP) is a compassion ministry, trying to help heal some of the wounds of depressed Christians.
Help rebuild shattered faith
Depression can act on faith like a wrecking ball. People in this situation are often in a similar place to unbelievers, needing to be re-introduced to the fundamentals of Christianity. The CDP recommends a number of books to help this process, and encourages people to ask questions about Christianity via a feedback email. The pastor of a local church has been asked to answer some of the more difficult questions.
Source of information
The site provides general information about depression, antidepressant medication, ways for others to help a depressed friend, symptoms of depression, effects on faith, and a growing list of books and web sites that can provide more information. All books the CDP recommends have been read and reviewed by one of the CDP team, and must adhere to the fundamentals of Christianity.
Source of support
Caring for a depressed friend or spouse can be physically and emotionally draining. The CDP offers some support in this by providing resources to give carers a better understanding of the illness, and how they can help.
Educate people about depression
Many people who leave feedback about the CDP have been hurt by (usually) well-meaning Christians, who have little understanding of what depression actually is, what mental illness is and what effects it can have on a person.