By Lisa Holliday
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this month we will also acknowledge Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
The number of young people, along with their families, who are affected by mental health disorders is significant. The current estimate is that one in every five children and adolescents have a mental health disorder that can be identified and require treatment. These mental health disorders can include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive, panic and bipolar. Without treatment, the consequences of these disorders can include school failure, lack of social connections, criminal justice involvement and even suicide.
Families, schools and faith organizations can work together to serve the children and families affected by these disorders. At Church of the Resurrection, we offer ways to receive help for mental health needs. Play therapy is offered on a limited basis through KiDSCOR for children ages 3-12. (For more information on this, contact Rev. Lisa Holliday at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Congregational Care offers “Live Forward” each Thursday evening which includes a meal, worship and classes for support and education. Therapists and counselors in the schools and wider community can also offer immeasurable help and support.
If your child and family struggle with one or more of these disorders, please know you are not alone AND it is not your fault. Your church and God are here to help you. Please reach out if you need support. You are and will be accepted, loved and cared for on this journey.