Mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts are at an all-time high, impacting people of all ages and walks of life. My guest today is Jacob Coyne, a pastor and founder of the nonprofit organization Stay Here, which is dedicated to restoring hope and bringing awareness to the mental health crisis.
Jacob shares openly about his struggles with depression and panic attacks, even as a believer and minister. He talks about the turning point when he felt God’s presence enter the room in his darkest moment. As Jacob says, “Our weakness is a magnet for the strength of God.”
Jacob started Stay Here to spread the message of hope and help prevent suicide, especially among young people. The organization provides training, resources, speakers, and more to equip people to recognize warning signs and offer godly counsel. As Jacob explains, what sets Stay Here apart is their unashamed focus on bringing Jesus into mental health.
For parents concerned about a struggling child, Jacob stresses getting to know your child and looking out for factors like lack of sleep, nutritional issues, or too many pressures that could be weighing them down mentally and emotionally. He advises making sure they have strong community support as well. Jacob also shares an incredible story of how his social media ministry saved a young woman from taking her own life.
No one is too far gone for God’s healing touch. Jacob’s new book “Stay Here: Uncovering God’s Plan to Restore Your Mental Health” offers biblical truths and practical guidance to find hope and wholeness, even from suicidal thoughts, trauma, addictions, and more.
If you or a loved one are battling mental health issues, be encouraged that you are not alone. Reach out for professional help, but even more importantly, reach out to the Lord, who promises never to leave you. He can calm any storm. Find hope, support, and community at [StayHere.live].