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Article By Mae Davis // EEW Magazine Reporter

We grow up in church hearing and quoting Nehemiah 8:10, “…the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

But many Christians like Grammy® Award-winning gospel artist Tasha Cobbs struggle with depression and mental health challenges, and the singer says, the church needs to talk about it.

“Growing up, I had always had these deeply sad feelings. I assumed it was just me and there was something wrong with me. The moment I realized there was something deeper going on was in 2007 when I was the worship pastor at my church,” the “Put A Praise On It” songstress told ESSENCE.

After ministering and putting on a happy face in the sanctuary, Cobbs, 34, said, “I would go home and be under the covers, with the curtains closed, not eating, never coming out of my room for days at a time.”

She continued, “I would cry for hours. Sometimes I wouldn’t even know why I was crying. It was just a heaviness that comes over you that you just cannot explain.”

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source: EEWMagazine.com

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