If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. Matthew 5:15-16 (MSG)
Meet Robert Vore | Mental Health Advocate
Tell us a little about your website/mission/ministry.
I write and speak about the intersection of Christianity & mental health, as well as co-hosting a podcast around the topics called CXMH. I’m also a certified Suicide Prevention Instructor, so I run trainings for organizations like schools, churches, etc.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list? Will you do it?
Finish my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll do it in July 2018!
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
To be more honest about the things that were hurting me. To trust the people around me with my pain, that carrying such heavy things is easier when we let other people help, that trying to push through by yourself makes it worse.
If you could change anything about the world we live in now, what would it be and why?
Gosh, where to start? I think most relevant to my day-to-day mission would be to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. I want to live in a world where everyone knows that getting help is a sign of strength instead of weakness, where everyone knows that the best way to hold our pain is with loose hands so others can help hold it. I don’t have kids yet, but when I do that’s the world I want them to grow up knowing.
If you could spend an evening with any fictional character, who would it be? What would you do?
President Bartlett from The West Wing. Honestly, I’d probably just listen to him talk about get smarter from it.
I’ve included you because I believe you are bringing much-needed light to this world. Why do you do what you do? What keeps you going every day?
I think the vision of the world I described a few questions ago is a huge part, but I would also say I do what I do because I’ve been there. I’ve battled with depression, I’ve wanted to die. Those are experiences that I wish deep down in my bones no one has to experience, and I think having honest conversations about those things can encourage people that getting treatment and help is an option and that those aren’t burdens they have to carry alone.