Mental Health Awareness Month

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May is Mental Health awareness Month!

What factors influence our mental health? To name a few, there’s stress, anxiety, pandemics, war, economic insecurity, and a variety of illnesses.

Do you want to hear some good news? We can focus on the positive as a faithful community. The question is, how do we find Jesus’ tranquility in the midst of the above list? Let’s begin with our spiritual well-being. As we learn to communicate, solve problems, and understand emotions as we navigate the ups and downs of life, we realize we can’t do it without leaning into our relationship with Jesus. Jesus gave each of us spiritual gifts and gave us a purpose when He created us. Each of us is valuable. When daily life overwhelms us and keeps us from spending time on ourselves in deep thought or prayer, the problems can accumulate. Self care and moments of calm provide us  the motivation, peace, and resilience we need to meet the challenges of each day.

Mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can make a contribution to her or his community,” according to the World Health Organization. Everything here is possible with faith and hope!

Remember, it is okay to need help. If you or someone you know is in need of counseling, click here for a list of counseling referrals within the Diocese of Youngstown. For more information and additional counseling resources, contact your local 211.

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