Society must work to remove the “lingering stigma” that is sometimes attached to mental ill health, the Bishop for Mental Health has said.
Marking today’s World Mental Health Day, the Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, Richard Moth, who is also the lead Bishop for Mental Health, insisted that society must “jettison” the taboo around discussing the issue.
“On this World Mental Health Day we keep in our prayers all those suffering from mental ill health,” said Bishop Moth. “In the Gospels Christ shows His constant care for those ‘who labour and who are overburdened’. In doing so, in particular, He assures us of His deep care for those who suffer from problems relating to mental health.”
The bishop warned that no-one should take mental health for granted.
“No walk of life is immune from experiencing mental health difficulties in different and varying degrees, for example: parents, young people, employees/employers, mental health practitioners themselves, clergy, and people who have experienced bereavement,” he said.
“As a society, we have yet to remove the lingering stigma which can be attached to mental ill health. We need to jettison the taboo around discussing the issue, and our discussions ought to be non-judgmental. In the interest of the common good, every citizen has a responsibility to promote the mental health of all the members of our society, including ourselves, and of our local communities.
“The Church believes that life is worth living,” Bishop Moth continued. “Life matters. It is a precious gift to be cherished. Our fulfilment and destiny come from a living relationship with Jesus Christ through faith, nourished by the sacraments and the support of the Church community. Prayerful support of those who care about the mental health of every member of the community also assists in this great work of Christian concern.”
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