“That is the purpose of our mission: to identify the material and immaterial needs of the people and try to meet them as we can. Do you know what agape is? It is love of others, as our Lord preached. It is not proselytizing, it is love. Love for one’s neighbor, that leavening that serves the common good.” – Pope Francis
Heeding our call to ensure that all life is sacred and the dignity of our neighbor is ensured, let us take time during this month of May—dedicated to Mental Health awareness—to offer a prayer that all people feel loved and respected as children of God. There is such stigma associated with mental health issues, yet as a community we need to embrace, uplift, and support all families and individuals struggling with these issues.
As we work to end the stigma and judgment associated with mental health issues, may we be mindful that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, and should be treated with dignity and respect.
Below are resources including a Litany to our Holy Mother, a prayer to St. Dymphna, a link to the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, National Association for Mental Illness and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Prayer to St. Dymphna, Patron Saint of those suffering from Mental Health Issues
American foundation for suicide prevention https://afsp.org/