Mental Health

“People understand better now than they did back then,” said a woman in her nineties in reference to her sister who battled schizophrenia. October is Mental Health Awareness Month. In the Pastoral Care department, we desire to raise awareness and provide education, so we can reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. 

Mental illness is a medical condition that affects real people – it’s not something you choose, nor is it a sign of weakness. It can’t be cured by willpower. Phrases like “pull yourself together” or “I know just how you feel” are not helpful. What is helpful is an understanding and listening ear ... and viewing others as gifts from God, made in the image and likeness of God.

Approximately one in four people will experience a mental health issue. Mental health problems like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia can affect anyone at any time – they don’t discriminate.

Jesus met people where they were in life and extended his hand of healing and love. We pray that Mount Olivet will continue to be a place of welcome, love, and understanding. No one needs to be stigmatized. As God’s children, we continue to learn and grow while providing support, hope, and love for families and individuals dealing with issues surrounding mental health.

It’s okay to talk about it here at Mount Olivet.

Please join us on Sunday, October 16, as we continue to raise awareness and provide resources following each service at both campuses. We have a great resource in our Mental Health Task Force. If we can be of service, please contact the Pastoral Care office at 612.926.7651.