Act Like Men

Men’s Leadership Podcast

#51: Dealing with Depression – Ft. Jeff Kemp

Podcast - Jeff Kemp
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February 15, 2024

Show Notes

Depression is a mental state of low mood and aversion to activity. It affects more than 280 million people of all ages or about 3.5% of the global population. Many things can cause forms of depression — bereavement, neglect, abuse, and parenting treatment differing between the siblings. It can also be the loss of an important chemical in your brain. Men are vulnerable because men are supposed to be able to be “tough and solve our problems” without any help or admission that they need help. That is a lie of the enemy and society.

The great news today is that depression can be dealt with very effectively if you allow yourself to move forward and get the help you need medically, or through a friend or a counselor.

In today’s episode, Jeff Kemp provides Six Strategies for Overcoming Depression that give you an anchor point to help get you started.

  1. Recognize the symptoms – many times we slip into low places and because it is either how we feel most of the time, or gradually sink, we do not often recognize where we are and how much we are struggling. Ask a good friend how they think you are doing. Have them be honest.
  2. Overcome the stigma – many people believe they cannot admit or share with anyone how they are feeling due to a stigma they may believe is part of depression. You would go to the doctor if you were sick and not be afraid to tell people – This can be viewed the same way.
  3. Be Kind to Yourself – many times one of the consequences of feeling this way is beating yourself up. Have a friend or a professional help you with your inner talk. This is a great starting place.
  4. Think about your health – the mind and the body are linked. It will not be long until your body begins to suffer as well as the struggle with depression. Many times some of the mental symptoms can be lifted by getting physically active. Physical activity creates hormones that can help change the body’s chemicals that lend themselves to a depressed state of mind.
  5. Schedule fun or pleasant activities – plan to do things you know you enjoy and will look forward to doing. Take a friend and make it even more enjoyable.
  6. Focus on relationships that lift you– conversely, avoid relationships that bring you down. All of us need positive people in our lives that will lift us.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Two Questions to ask yourself:

  1. What have I done in the past that has given me hope? Do it again!
  2. What one idea was mentioned today that gives me the most encouragement? Try it today

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About Wendell Morton

Rev. Morton graduated from Western Evangelical Seminary with a BA in Religious Education and a Master of Counseling Psychology, Rev. Morton was in full-time ministry for 17 years with both small and large churches. He spent four of those ministry years with Promise Keepers. He was the the US representative to PK Canada – serving on the PK Canada Board.

Wendell also spent 23 years in Corporate America. He built and led sales teams that worked with very small businesses and other groups that worked with Fortune 500 companies. He is gifted at helping identifying the next generation of leaders as well as helping those around him being successful.

Rev. Morton has a passion to help pastors and church leaders build growing churches. Having men come alongside the vision of the pastor, build a dynamic team, create a plan, and execute the model of “each one brings one” has been proven effective for more than 2,000 years. This approach is a great way for every local church in North America to grow while helping men better understand biblical manhood.

About Dale Eudy

As an advocate for ministry to men, Dale Eudy brings a combined background of leadership skills developed in the marketplace along with senior leadership experience in the Church.

Following military service, Dale earned his undergraduate degree and gained valuable systems and operations experience working for two prominent Fortune 50 companies. Responding to God’s leading in his life to focus on leaders in the body of Christ, he went on to complete seminary and served as a pastor for 16 years in a large church in the Denver area and as a denominational leader at the regional and national levels. With his background, Dale knows the heartbeat of the local church.

Dale’s passion is the discipleship (spiritual reproduction) of men. That passion is what drew him to partner with Men’s Ministry Catalyst. In his words, “The simple call of Jesus to follow him and to make fishers of men is the most foundational call in my life.” Using his spiritual gifts of leadership and exhortation, Dale is a great coach and cheerleader for those involved in the arenas of life.

Dale and his wife Kathy live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and serve their home church, Cherry Hills Community Church. They have two grown children and a caring extended family.