Mental Health Awareness: Being Sensitive to Others

This past weekend, I visited the library with my daughter. While I was there, I ended up getting into a conversation with one of the library aides. She began to tell me about her brother, who committed suicide just three years ago. Before taking his own life, he also took the life of his daughter.

As she was sharing details about this horrific story, I could see how painful it was for her. I can’t begin to imagine how traumatic this experience has been for her and her family. She told me that her other brother is now a advocate for mental health awareness. She mentioned the importance of people getting help when they need it. The suicide rates have increased over the years. As a Christian, I want to be aware of people, their feelings, and their needs.

My fellow blogger and big brother in Christ, Matt at Jesusluvsall, wrote about mental health awareness all last week. I enjoyed his posts, and I want to share his final post from last Friday, May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Depression and Anxiety. Please prayerfully read it. He made many great points for us to be aware of.

My prayer is that we would be sensitive to the fact that people are hurting. I also pray that everyone would have access to the mental health care they need. Please pray along with me.

1 Peter 3:8 NLT, “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.”

Thanks for reading and praying. 😊

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15 thoughts on “Mental Health Awareness: Being Sensitive to Others

  1. There is immense need for the Good News, sharing His love, and not moving away from others because it can be uncomfortable. Our prayers, love, and compassion go a long way for the hurting. His perfect love casts out all fear, so if we fill ourselves with His Word and His presence, He will lead the way. In other words, we don’t need to be trained therapists to bring hope to hurting people… Thanks for sharing this Dawn, you are a blessing.

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  2. Dawn, you are absolutely right! We need to be aware and more sensitive to all who are affected by mental health. For so long the church has been so “spiritual” that they have greatly failed the needs of those suffering from the ravishing effects of the varying degrees of this illness. It is always good to pray, but it is just as good to be informed and willing to bear the needs of others.

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    1. Yes Deandra so true! I want to be more informed and not just throwing around phrases that sound spiritual. We have to be real with people and help meet needs in the ways we can. Time to take off the mask! Thanks so much for your thoughts. 💕

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