Our mental health–or the health of our mind–plays a crucial part in our ability to live life to the fullest and to love God. For many of us, mental illness and difficulties with mental health have been connected with shame and secrecy.
Research shows that there are three major factors that protect against the development of mental problems, especially depression. One important one is psychological support from family, friends or health providers.
Mutual support makes the biggest difference in maintaining mental health. It is important that we talk to one another. When we feel terrible, let us not hesitate to seek out a friend. And if we are afraid, let us seek someone who is not afraid. No one should have to suffer in silence.
This message was adapted from “Our Journey to Wellness” available for free download. Today is the Vigil of Pentecost. We remember John XXIII, bishop of Rome, who died in 1963 and the Martyrs of Uganda, who died in 1886.