This weekend in worship we will light a candle to raise awareness about mental illness. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans experiences mental illness each year and 1 in 25 Americans experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is an important resource for learning about mental illness, something that is important for all Americans to know more about. From their website:
We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.
With proper treatment, people can realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and meaningfully contribute to the world. Without mental health we cannot be fully healthy.
To learn more, visit: https://www.nami.org
Join us this weekend as we pray for all people who are impacted by mental illness, for caregivers, and for professionals who work with mental illnesses. Our hope is that no one ever has to experience mental illness alone, but can have the support they need.