Finding Hope and Healing: Embracing Mental Health Awareness as Christians

Tracey Collins, Wellbeing Officer in the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Methodist District, wrote a blog about Mental Health Awareness Week, 13 to 19 May 2024.

13 May 2024

May marks Mental Health Awareness Week, providing us with an opportunity to advocate for mental wellness, combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and crucially increase awareness about these topics.

As followers of Christ, we are called to reflect on our own mental health and prioritise our wellbeing. Our wellbeing is important to God, He loves and cares for us deeply and wants us to live fulfilled lives. He is our loving Father who wants the best for us and is always there to support and guide us in our journey of wellbeing.

In a society that often prioritises productivity over self-care, it can be easy to overlook the importance of mental health. However, now more than ever, we must prioritise our mental wellbeing, seek help when needed, and remember to care for ourselves. This Mental Health Awareness Week serves as a reminder to all of us that our mental health is essential to our overall wellbeing and requires our attention and care.

It is reassuring to know that we are not alone in facing our struggles and that there is strength in vulnerability and power in seeking help. While each of us may be on a different journey towards healing and wholeness, we are all connected by our shared experiences, empathy, and understanding.

Let us commit to practising self-compassion, self-care, and self-discovery this month. By addressing our inner hurts and fostering hope, we can create a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and cherished. Together, we can strive for a future where mental health is de-stigmatised, wellbeing is prioritised, and a promising future awaits us all.

As we advocate for mental health awareness, we can embrace the resilience within us, the compassion between us, and the hope that guides us. Let us acknowledge the beautiful complexity of our minds, the strength of our spirits, and the interconnectedness of our shared humanity.

Remember, you are not alone in your struggles – God is always present, offering comfort, peace, and healing.

Tracey Collins is the first Wellbeing Officer in the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Methodist District, to know more about her work read this blog.