Having good mental health is important for everyone, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.
From the 18th-24th May 2020 is Mental Health Awareness Week.
It is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation in the United Kingdom, however, it is acknowledged as a global calendar fixture.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is “kindness”.
So, what is mental health?
This is the definition of mental health given by the World Health Organization:
Mental Health Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness of the importance of keeping active, investing in self-care, and helping others in the community, who struggle with mental disorders, in order to preserve and restore mental health nationally and globally.
Here at Jacob’s Ladder, we seek to raise awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining good mental health.
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, we will be posting encouraging Scriptures, tips, and articles on either our Instagram or on our website during the next 7 days, in order to help and encourage you to look after your mental health during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
To kick things off, we hope you enjoy the following video that we made in our support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020:
Where to get help and advice on mental health issues
If you are experiencing mental health issues and need advice, the following websites can help you:
Mental Health Foundation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health
Mental Health America: https://www.mhanational.org/get-involved/contact-us
Mental Health Africa – Strong Minds: https://strongminds.org/the-need/
WHO South-East Asia: https://www.who.int/southeastasia
Mental Health Europe: https://www.mhe-sme.org/
Mental Health Australia: https://mhaustralia.org/
If you would like to read some encouraging articles on how to improve your mental health, we recommend the following articles:
1. https://mentalhealthgracealliance.org, “4 Ways to Understand the Mind of Christ in Depression or Anxiety”, Joe Padilla.
2 .thegospelcoalition.org, “4 Encouraging Truths for Christians with Mental Illness”, Lieryn Barnett.
3. crosswalk.com, “5 Vital Truths to Remember When You Are Suffering”, Cortni Marrazzo.
4. medium.com, “Why Did God Give Me a Mental Illness?”, Teresa Colón.
5. https://journeyonline.org, “Facing an unexpected illness: Pray for help and let God heal your soul”
6. crosswalk.com, “5 Ways to Enjoy the Life-Giving Power of Gratitude”, Amanda Idleman.
10 quick tips on how you can look after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
We have also created a video with 10 tips on how you can look after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic:
You can read our full article to this video here.
Jacob’s Ladder wishes you a happy Mental Health Awareness Week!
Stay safe and blessed!
Co-Founder of Jacob’s Ladder Blog