Mental Health Awareness Week - new resources

Credit Rene Bohmer
Credit Rene Bohmer

14-20 May is Mental Health Awareness Week, an initiative to encourage discussion about and reduce stigma around mental health issues.

In response to demand from many listeners and readers, the Jesuits in Britain are taking this opportunity to offer a range of different resources about situations in which people struggle to find peace of mind and heart.

You will find content to help you explore some of the causes, effects and manifestations of anxiety, and to pray, think, learn and talk about life’s uphill struggles, whether they are associated with diagnosed mental health conditions or other circumstances.

Seven friends of Jesuits in Britain have written personal testimonies considering seven of these causes, effects and manifestations.

 

 

Addiction

   

Ageing

 

Bereavement  
 

Chronic illness

 

Depression/anxiety 

 

Insomnia  

 

Loneliness
 

Our online journal Thinking Faith has published three new articles for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Gavin T. Murphy tells his faith-filled story of living with bipolar disorder and describes how he learned to burst out in praise in the midst of great pain, with a little help from Ignatian Spirituality.

Chris Krall SJ argues that while modern neuroscience advocates the use of the imagination and attention to bodily sensations as treatments for the long-term effects of trauma, this approach is in fact nowhere near as novel as it might sound. Very similar ideas can be found in the 16th century Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, who celebrated the power of imaginative contemplation and the application of the senses.

Roger Dawson SJ considers how the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola might be a framework through which we can counteract the problem of ‘cognitive overload’ that can be characteristic of modern life. Is there such a thing as too much freedom and if so, how much damage can it do?

With this and other material we will be considering ideas, offering prayerful support and sharing experiences. However, we encourage you to seek professional help if you are concerned about yourself or somebody else.