Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.
Today our focus is on a very important topic, mental health. Since the Covid19 pandemic there has been a great concern for the mental health of persons. This pandemic has impacted many, including health workers, students, people who live alone and persons with pre-existing mental health conditions.
However, while this is a matter of great concern to all, it is encouraging to note that during the World Mental Health Assembly held in May 2021 governments around the world recognized the necessity for improving the quality of mental health services at all levels. This brings us hope.
Sunday 10th October 2021 has been celebrated as World Mental Health Day. The theme for this year is 'Mental health in an unequal world'. This highlights the importance of our need to maintain our sanity regardless of the many inequalities and injustices we experience in our life.
Why is October 10th a mental health day? This is because October 10, 1992 was the first time the World Mental Health Day was observed in over 150+ countries. This observance came about as a result of the relentless efforts of the Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. The day used to be celebrated to educate, and remove the general problems arising from mental illness until 1993.A green ribbon is used to mark World Mental Health Day. The campaign slogan for World mental Health day is, “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality”
How can we as Christians and as a church enhance the celebration of World mental health day or month? Here are some ways in which we can:
Take a check up on our own mental health.
Do all that we can to avoid ourselves becoming mentally ill.
If we have observed any signs of mental illness in ourselves or others observe them in us, let us seek the necessary help so that they the situation does not get worse.
Reach out in love to help those among us who are mentally challenged and offer a ministry to them and their families and offer any assistance we can to help them.
“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It is about how you drive not where you are going” This quote from ‘HealthyPlace.com,’ highlights the need for us to be patient and understanding and caring to persons with mental health issues and seek to have their mental health restored. I challenge us to do so with the help , guidance and empowerment if the Holy Spirit.
Love and best wishes to your wonderful family, from my family and myself.
Yours in Christ
Tyrone Hunkins, Rev.