Mental Health: You Can Help
by Sandra Glahn
Studies reveal that about 47 percent of US adults say pandemic stress has negatively affected their mental health. Many people in our lives are suffering. So, how can we help? Here are some ways:
Initiate. Call hurting friends. If they don’t answer the phone, leave a message. It helps to be wanted.
Embrace silence. Refrain from giving advice unless asked. Instead, commit to simple presence.
Get tangible. When someone falls ill or suffers an injury, people tend to rally around—as they should—with scalloped potatoes and chicken casserole. Helpers might mow the lawn or send flowers. But someone who has invisible forms of illness often suffers alone. Who needs concrete expressions of your care?
Remove the stigma. If we normalize talking about depression, seeking help for schizophrenia, training lay counselors to help people through anxiety attacks, publicly mentioning resources, we help to remove the stigma.
When one suffers, we all suffer. Determine that no one in your sphere of influence will suffer alone.
Dr. Sandra Glahn is professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary. She is the author or coauthor of more than twenty-five books, including the Coffee Cup Bible Study series—the most recent study being Earl Grey with Ephesians. You can find her on aspire2.com and on Twitter: @sandraglahn, Facebook: @Aspire2.