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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:31

An interfaith call for Mental Health Awareness Week

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We are calling for this day to be held on the Sunday of, or immediately following 10th October - the date on which World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually. 

2010:  A Nouwen Network (a cross-denominational outreach) invites faith communities to actively participate in Mental Health Awareness Week. 

The network encourages faith communities to do this by: being involved in local community Mental Health Events; hosting workshops on Mental Health Topics; displaying Mental Health Leaflets and Posters in church foyers and halls, and regularly offering communal prayers for those affected by Mental Health issues. Since 2010 the numbers of individuals and congregations engaged in such activities has grown considerably.

2013: A Nouwen Network continues to proclaim that ‘Any day is a good day to show support’ for those whose lives are affected by mental health issues. We also believe that there is a great need for A National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness Recovery and Understanding to be held annually here in Australia. We encourage you to join with us annually in praying for mental health issues on the Sunday of, or immediately following World Mental Health Day 10th October.

We do not suggest that there is just one way in which this day should be celebrated. Participate in whatever manner best suits your own faith community. 

You can download helpful Worship Resources to use for the Day of Prayer on the Home page of the Mental Health Ministries website.

Please join with us in calling upon church leaders throughout Australia to formally establish A National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness Recovery and Understanding on the Sunday of, or immediately following World Mental Health Day - 10th October.

Download useful prayers and other resources at "Out of the Depths," the A Nouwen Network website.