MENTAL HEALTH MONDAY: IT’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Written on 05/02/2022
Nancy Secrest

Mental health is taking inventory of your emotional, social, relational, and spiritual health.

It is hard to believe it is May. In a few, short weeks, we will be wrapping up the 2021-2022 school year. It has been a privilege to share Mental Health Mondays with you this year. As we look back on the year, we have had celebrations, challenges, changes, and more. I hope as you look over the Mental Health Monday articles, you find resources and guidance. Please know I am a phone call or email away if you need help. 

I wanted to take a moment and talk about why mental health is an important topic to discuss with your family. Mental health is taking inventory of your emotional, social, relational, and spiritual health. It is important to set time aside to check in with yourself because if one area is out of balance, it will affect the overall health of any individual. 

What affects our mental health? Stress, anxiety, panic attacks, social media, comparison, pandemics, war, economic insecurity, family stress, unhealthy relationships, unmet needs, and various illnesses just to name a few.  

Do you want some encouraging news? As a Christian community, we are able to focus on the good. The question is, how do we find Jesus’ peace when we are surrounded by the list above? Let’s start with our spiritual health. As we navigate the ups and downs and twists and turns in life, learning how to communicate, solve problems and understand emotions, we learn we cannot do this without leaning into our relationship with Jesus. Jesus created each and every one of us with a purpose and He gave us spiritual gifts. Each one of us has value. The problems compound when day-to-day life overwhelms us and distracts us from spending time in The Word and prayer. This is the foundation for staying healthy and provides the hope, encouragement, peace, and strength we need to face the challenges of each day.  

The World Health Organization defines mental health as  “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.” With Jesus, all of this is possible! 

Contact Nancy

Need help or encouragement? Speak confidentially with Nancy Secrest, licensed counselor, by contacting her at 614-410-4306 or emailing her.