Mental health is something that we all have. Positive mental health means being able to cope with day-to-day life, and having a healthy self-esteem and belief in our abilities. Mental ill-health is the opposite - it's when we find everyday demands hard to cope with and lack a positive sense of self. We all have ups and downs, but when our mental health negatively impacts our lives and relationships with others, it can become a problem. This is when someone may have a mental illness.
You've probably heard of some of the more common problems, such as eating disorders, depression and anxiety, but there is a wide range of issues which can look different for each person. Just like someone who has got the flu, people with mental health problems need help and support to get better.
Most importantly, God wants us to know that he's right in the middle of every situation, and it's important for us to talk to God about our struggles. If you, or someone you know struggles with their mental health, you may want to talk to someone you trust about it. You can also check out some of these websites for guidance: youngminds.org.uk / mind.org.uk / Lillyjoproject.com
Key Bible Verses
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.