As I write this, we have just reached the end of Children’s Mental Health Week and are looking towards World Mental Health Week in May. Mental health is a hot topic at the moment with many people coming out and openly talking about mental health issues to help remove the taboo that comes with these illnesses. I, myself, have just been diagnosed with severe depression and I find myself apologising for my diagnosis and feeling like “a fraud” when there are people, some of whom are in my immediate family, who are suffering from “real” illnesses such as cancer. People are often embarrassed and don’t seek help which is why it is vital that mental health is treated with the same level of care and compassion as physical conditions. I am lucky that I have a wonderful support network of family and friends without whom I don’t think I would even be able to get out of bed some mornings. For this month’s prayer I want to share one that speaks to me in my current situation and, hopefully, will speak to others too.
Your gentle and kind-hearted love waits for us in the darkness and shields us from the light when it feels too overwhelming.
We remember today all those who live in the depths of depression, despair or at the mercy of mental illness.
Continue to cherish us all when we find it so difficult to cherish ourselves.
Enable us to discover companions of compassion who will abide with us, as you abide in all things and in all places where the heart and mind aches for peace and a place of rest from the storm.
We ask this in the name of our brother and friend, Jesus Christ.