My name is Abbey, I’m 16 years old and currently in the middle of year 10 at high school. I grew up in a family that did not come to church, with a close family member who had depression and this greatly impacted my childhood. When I was about 14 I was in a group of friends who would play jokes on me; they liked to insult me as a joke. I have always been quite sensitive so I really took it to heart and dealt with it quite badly. This, along with a few other small issues in my world really began to control me and I began to lose my sense of identity and my hope.
By the end of year 8 and the beginning of year 9 I had developed anxiety and depression. I was incredibly insecure and constantly worried about what others thought of me, I disliked myself, I had no direction, no hope and no identity. When I reached my lowest I had lost my will to live entirely.
That’s where Jesus stepped in. I was brought to the C3 Presence Global conference in 2012 and after meeting God my entire life was turned around. I had found true hope - Jesus. I had found my identity - a daughter of the creator of the universe. I had found direction - an incredible plan for my life. I cannot describe the joy I felt in that moment when I allowed God to come into my world.
Recovery was not easy, I had to fight for it, but God was with me the entire way. Deuteronomy 31:6 says ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.’ He never left. God never promised to take away our struggles but he promised he would take us through. I can now say that I am 100% healed, I am an extremely happy and joyful person, I am no longer struggling with anxiety, I have hope, identity , direction and security in Jesus. God says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, so there’s no need to worry what other people think of me anymore.
My story is the reason I’m excited about The Roar Effect. It exists to give young people struggling with issues such as the ones I suffered with, hope and a reason to live. Hope creates motivation and joy in a person, encouraging them to not give up and to keep fighting. It's so extremely vital that people suffering with these things know that people care for them and they are not alone. Just knowing that people love them and want to help them can potentially be the thing that keeps them here with us. Having this hope and love as something to live for keeps their chins up and gives them something to dream upon and look forward too.
The Roar Effect is and is going to be an incredibly powerful movement in this generation as we see growing numbers of suicide and depression begin to decline! I really believe that this movement can and will make an extremely significant difference to this generation and the generations to come.