Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10th to 16th May 2021

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” (John 20:19).

When Jesus uttered these words to the disciples, they were gathered in the upper house room after the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus. They were still trying to come to terms with what had happened and did not even know what would become of them. They were not at peace. They were scared and frightened. Earlier that day, Peter and John went to the tomb in a panic because of what Mary Magdalene had told them; “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” – (John 20:2). But Jesus’s words comforted them. His words meant wholeness and peace of mind to them.

Today Jesus says to us, “peace be with you”. Especially when we are experiencing uncertainty and going through difficult and challenging times in our lives.

This year, we’re inviting you to immerse yourself in the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’, whilst reconnecting with nature across the week.

Connect

Connection is about relating to one another and feeling understood. Developing your connections with your Church will support and enrich your everyday life. Speak to the people in your life, be it friends, family, colleagues or neighbours.

 Be Active

Engaging in regular physical activity is known to go hand in hand with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Not everyone needs to be a fitness fanatic to boost your wellness through activity. Simply step outside, exercise your green fingers or organise a games night.

Take notice

Greater awareness of the world around us helps us to see the unusual and notice simple pleasures like the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you’re walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning

Learning something new is good for our brain and often exciting for the learner. Trying something different, rediscovering an old interest or signing up for that course you’ve always wanted to do can also improve your confidence and widen your skillset.

 Give

Giving encapsulates many things – from showing goodwill and generosity of spirit, to giving presents and giving up our time. Evidence suggests that ‘giving back’ or helping others promotes wellbeing for all ages. Why not do something nice for a friend or a stranger. The key to giving is to look outwards, as well as inwards. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

 For further information please see link below:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/getting-help or if you simply need someone to talk to for pastoral support, please contact Fr Shnork on 07703 008499 or Fr Nshan 07548 777147.