Be Kind to Your Mind
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, more and more people are likely to be struggling with pandemic fatigue—the mental and emotional exhaustion that comes with the ongoing disruptions, stresses, and challenges they’re facing. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to lots of changes in life. Change can bring stress. Unmitigated stress can strain emotional and mental health. People who struggle with emotional and mental health issues can also experience spiritual health issues.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of May, there is a national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Established in 1949, Mental Health Month sought to put a spotlight on the importance of mental health and wellness. Each year, there is a special emphasis to continue to fight against the stigma associated with mental health. This emphasis is also aimed at providing support for those with mental illness and the counselors supporting them. In addition, people are encouraged to get involved and advocate for policies on behalf of those with mental illness and their loved ones in their state and national legislatures.
While 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness over the course of their lifetimes, everyone will face challenges that can and will affect their mental health. Licensed professional counselors play a critical role in providing care and guidance for those who are struggling with mental health. The American Counseling Associations’ members all across the country are dedicated to assisting anyone who is struggling with mental health. The National Board of Certified Counselors also helps establish a national standard for counselors who want to provide the evidenced-best practices in mental health care. This year’s slogan for Mental Health Awareness Month is #BeKindtoYourMind.
As we continue to navigate this pandemic together as members of Trinity, I am thankful to be here as the counseling pastor to assist you in any way that I can. As a licensed professional counselor in the State of Michigan, I am completing the continuing education requirements. I do that so that I can provide the best care possible as the counseling pastor here at Trinity. Over the last year, I have answered calls and offered spiritual and mental health support as we have made it through this difficult time together. If you are having trouble coping and experiencing pandemic fatigue, I am here for support. You can call to speak directly with me.
I have also started developing a list of resources for counseling in our area for individuals who would like mental health care. With the Stephen Ministers being trained this summer, we will also have the benefit of one-on-one Christian support with life issues.
I welcome any feedback or ideas you have for my role as the associate pastor of Christian care and counseling. You can reach me at email@example.com or at (586) 731-4490 ext. 102. I pray you stay safe and healthy.
Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Chad Wright
Associate Pastor of Christian Care and Counseling