This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and taking care of ourselves and each other has never been more important. As new words have entered our vocabulary like ‘Covid-19,’ ‘lockdown,’ and ‘social-distancing,’ we are missing family, friends, and colleagues. The disruption to our daily lives and the uncertainty about the future raises anxiety and can be detrimental to our mental well-being. That’s why the theme of this week has been about kindness and looking out for each other.
In a recorded message to launch this week, the Duke of Cambridge said, "We're all connected. And sometimes just talking about how you’re feeling can make a big difference. So right now, let's join together across the UK and reach out to someone."
In a week where the awareness of mental health issues is being highlighted why not take time to see if there is someone in your life that you could reach out to and provide some encouragement. Conversely, if you are feeling overwhelmed by this pandemic, talking about your feelings to someone you trust can help to relieve the tension.
It is a mark of the Christian community to be there for one another – reaching out can make a big difference, all it takes is the first step.
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