Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, October 10, 2016
World Mental Health? I’m Praying.
I read several blogs and posts today about world mental health. Yes, more about mental health. And, mental illness. Today was World Mental Health Awareness Day.
Everyone knows someone who is affected. Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean that mental illness doesn’t exist.
Reflecting on my own extended family, on my friends and acquaintances, I know very well that both of these sentences (above) are true. Sadly true, in some cases. Tragically true, in others.
Anyone can listen. Anyone. You do not need to be an expert in psychology or counseling to help someone in a crisis. Simply being there, sitting by their side, or walking next to them can mean so much. Letting someone who is having difficulty know that someone is there, for them. Right next to them, by their side. And, especially letting someone know that they are not alone! That’s important, too.
Be an advocate, please. Be encouraging, helpful and kind, please. It can mean the world to someone, today. And, God bless you.
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