Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
Mental health seems so estranged from the Christian life, and yet you wouldn’t have to look far to find someone whose life has been touched, if not devastated, by mental illness. So where is it in Scripture?
As I introduce this week’s series, let me make something clear. We’re not here to tell you the precise reason why God chose not to use words like bipolar or eating disorder in the Bible. I’m here to invite you to engage with me in the privilege of exploring God’s Word.
We know that God has spoken about all things through His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10).
So let’s use this week to find out more about what He has said about mental health. This week will include a variety of different posts: real life testimonies, interviews, and a four-part article thinking about both the helpful and damaging ways of approaching our friends. This series will focus on the different ways mental illness can play out in the lives of the individual, the friends or family, and most importantly, the faith of those affected.
We are focusing on the spectrum of mental health – including clinical diagnoses, moderate emotional or thought difficulties, and good health. Each and every one of us is on this spectrum, and we will continue to move up and down it for our entire lives.
How we define the different ‘stages’ of the spectrum is not set in stone. That is why, to end the week, we will share a number of different testimonies from people who have sought define ‘good mental health’ and what exactly we mean by ‘thriving’, rather than just surviving in every day.
We are seeking to emphasise that mental health is not merely the absence of mental illness and we must not take for granted these times of wellbeing. For this reason, these testimonies will share some of the ways girls like us intentionally care for their own mental health.
We recognise that a topic like mental health brings with it a fair amount of controversy and conflicting views. We aim to respect those views and honour those who share them, whilst remaining conscious that these views cause confusion.
Our desire is to allow you to engage with God’s Word, the testimonies share, and your own stories for yourselves.
We’ll kick off the week tomorrow with a two-part article looking at some wise and loving ways we can come alongside our friends who are struggling. With a subject that has been infected with such taboo and stigma, we can often fall silent in the face of mental health...