We are a nonprofit founded upon and informed by a Christian worldview.
Hope & Laughter's key focuses are to educate, equip, and empower those who are struggling with mental health as well as the people that walk alongside them with resources founded upon a Christian worldview.
Communication will always be a valuable tool in life, and when you cannot find the words, let alone the right words, to explain how you feel - having hard conversations can feel impossibly exhausting. You are not alone on this journey; God loves you and you have a purpose.
"There is a misconception that having faith means exemption from struggle. It is, of course, possible to believe in Jesus and battle anxiety and depression. My battle with anxiety and depression began in my late teens and is a battle I continue to fight to this day.
I lost my father to suicide when I was 12 years old and buried several other members of my family by the age of 17. As a result, I developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. Years went by before I was diagnosed at the age of 22.
At the age of 35, after the birth of my son, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. Unfortunately, I was undiagnosed for the first 9 months of his life, so I spent much of his first year in a fog.
When I became pregnant with my daughter, I was prepared and started medication immediately upon delivery. However, even though I was on medication, seeking professional counseling, and spending time in God's Word, nothing seemed to be working."
-Sara Soenen, Founder