The Cedar Tree story is a story of strength, resilience, and survival in the face of challenge. Much like mental health, actually.

When we bought our house a few years ago, much of the back yard was overgrown with dense brush and vines, so thick and thorny that we couldn’t see through it. We decided to plant a small garden there, and after the winter started clearing the brush. The work was tough, but after a few days we discovered a scrawny little cedar tree, barely alive. It looked almost as bad as Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. But we carefully cleared around it, gave it a little fertilizer. It started growing. Its color became brighter, its trunk stronger, and the branches spread. With access to light, water, and nourishment, it thrived. In a few months, it looked like a different tree, and now, a few years later, it’s 30 feet tall, symmetrical, lush, and beautiful.

People are like that too. Someone fighting stress, anxiety, depression, or other life and mental health challenges may need help. Once the challenges are cleared, we not only survive, we thrive!

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