“This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges: for health-care workers, providing care in difficult circumstances, going to work fearful of bringing COVID-19 home with them; for students, adapting to taking classes from home, with little contact with teachers and friends, and anxious about their futures; for workers whose livelihoods are threatened; for the vast number of people caught in poverty or in fragile humanitarian settings with extremely limited protection from COVID-19; and for people with mental health conditions, many experiencing even greater social isolation than before. And this is to say nothing of managing the grief of losing a loved one, sometimes without being able to say goodbye.”
Action: Read the Social Justice Statement 2020-21 To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today
Access the Do Not be Afraid website for guidelines and resources to assist parishes in welcoming and supporting people with mental ill-health and their families.
Find out about mental health services in your area.
Mental health parish kit-PRINT (2015)
(formerly known as the Office for Social Justice)
Click HERE to download the Australia Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) 2020-21 Social Justice Statement on LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL: Mental Health in Australia Today.
SJS 2020-21 Prayer
Jesus, you invite us all into the fullness of life. May we support one another to flourish in body, mind and spirit.
Strengthen our commitment to ensure that nobody falls through gaps in our systems of care.
People called you mad. Help us to recognise you in those who suffer mental ill-health today.
Show us how to eliminate stigmatisation of mental ill-health from our parishes, schools, communities and organisations.
You drew near to those who were suffering in body or mind. May we too feel your nearness when we struggle with mental health challenges.
May we be one as members of Your Body.
You invite us to share in your ministry of love and true compassion. May we be empowered by your Spirit to reach out to all people in need.
May we build communities of welcome and inclusion.