How to Talk to Your Depressed Child

Live Radio Interview on 101.5 WORD FM Pittsburgh
This interview originally aired live on 101.5 WORD FM in Pittsburgh. Visit the official show notes page and learn more about The Ride Home with John & Kathy at this link.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed on The Ride Home with John & Kathy radio show regarding my article at The Gospel Coalition, "How to Talk to Your Depressed Child." For fifteen minutes, we spoke about some of the challenges and necessities of caring for a child who is walking through depression. While I would have loved to have been able to expand on certain points (and of course, I neglected to say a few things I wish I would have), I hope the interview offers some helpful insights into the incredible difficulty of the situation, and stresses the need for compassion, grace, and God's truth in the midst of a disorienting season.

If you'd like to listen to the interview, you can stream the audio through the embedded media player above. My bio and name got jumbled in the beginning, but the error helped put me at ease! It was my first time going live on air— yet, however imperfect, I'm thankful for the chance to point parents back to the Lord for finding hope and help for caring for a depressed child.
We've bought into the notion that happiness is a default condition, but happiness hasn't been our default since the Fall. Ever since we got booted out of the garden of Eden, we have been toiling, and laboring with pain—with groanings too deep for words. Sometimes as parents, we think that our children should just be happy—that's just the way everyone is, and if you're not happy, something is wrong with you. But the reality is, sorrow, excessive depression, and things of that nature, remind us of how broken we really are, how broken and fallen this world really is.
Live Radio Interview on 101.5 WORD FM

Making Church a Safe Place for Sorrow

While Revelation 21 specifically lists death, mourning, crying, and pain as fundamental grievances believers will face, there's a shocking lack of corporate preparation to meet with such sorrows. Removing the stigma of deeply painful sadness requires the local church’s unhurried commitment to making room for it on Sunday mornings and a desire to equip leaders in one-another care.
Christine M. Chappell
Author/Writer/Speaker
Christine Chappell is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heart and Help! My Child is Depressed (forthcoming with Shepherd Press, Spring 2020)She hosts The Hope + Help Project podcast and has completed biblical counseling certificates with the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship. Christine's writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Servants of Grace, and Thrive Moms.
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