Very few of us will get through life completely untouched or unaffected by mental health issues, either in our own lives or those of our loved ones, family and friends.
Even fear and anxiety problems can become all-consuming and paralysing.
Mental health disorders can be relatively mild or severe, ranging from debilitating stress to clinical depression, through to paranoia and psychosis.
All need to be taken seriously, treated with care and compassion, with appropriate medical attention and treatment sought as necessary.
Though we can be ‘locked in‘ or ‘locked out’ in other ways too in terms of isolation, loneliness, and being marginalised or misunderstood by others, often leading to great misery and devastating effects on self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.
Let’s aim to befriend, support and care for one another; to demonstrate God’s love and compassion in action to those we know who may need extra understanding and kindness right now.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” ~ Colossians 3:12