Thought For The Day – Wednesday 17th May 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.  It could be argued that physical health is part of, and connected to,  our mental health, and mental health is part of, and connected to, our physical health.  We are one holistic person.

We always bear in mind, that although we all have mental health, some people,  of all ages,  have particular and significant challenges to their mental health,  which need careful, kind and supportive health and medical care, just as some people need kind and supportive health and medical care for physical health.  A key difference to some aspects of physical health may be able to be seen but a mental health challenge may be less visible.  We are kind to all people. 

We pay tribute to all who work in mental health care and to all who experience particular and serious challenges to their mental health.  They are all great and inspirational people.

Everyone has challenges.  Everyone is resilient and adaptable.  Everyone is supported.  Some people have particularly challenges and need particular resilience and flexibility.  We are one community.  We check in on one another. We check in on ourselves.  We value others for who they are.  We value ourselves for who we are.

Vulnerability is strength.  Personal challenge is our superpower. Supporting vulnerability is true goodness and greatness.

What do you do to look after your mental health?  Be kind to your mind and other people’s mind. Five tips from the BBC’s “Newsround”:

What Saint James Church in Thorley is doing for mental health and wellbeing from the BBC’s  “Songs of Praise” mental health and wellbeing special on Sunday: