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ByAnna Marie Graham on Saturday, October 9, 2021

World Mental Health Day 2021

Anna Marie Graham By Anna Marie Graham on Saturday, October 9, 2021

 

What is World Mental Health Day?

On October 10, 2021, we recognize World Mental Health Day. According to the World Health Organization, "the overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health".

World Mental Health Day is…

  • about raising awareness about mental health and mental health issues around the world.
  • about being aware that many, many people in the world have mental health challenges. You are not the only person. You are not alone
  • learning that it’s okay to feel anxious, to feel afraid, to have terrible thoughts, or to feel depressed.
  • about learning to reach out and tell someone how you are feeling.
  • about giving ourselves and others permission to say: “I’m not doing well” or “I need help” or “I’m not sure I want to go on living”.
  • about responding in love and kindness and practical help, when someone says something like the above statements.

Let’s Reach Out

Let’s reach out to each other and remind each other – "You are not alone! I am here and Jesus is here with you."

Ask for help. And give each other help. And call for help when you can’t do it yourself.

3 Articles + A Library

Here are 3 articles about mental health, accessed through the MORE Network Resource Library, especially for Cross-Cultural Workers & Third Culture Kids (TCKs).

10 Keys to your Kids’ Emotional Health | Spark What Matters

Ministry Work Life Balance | Christian Ministry Academy

Depression and the Third Culture Kid | Marilyn R. Gardner

You can find more articles about mental health (and other topics!) by visiting the MORE Network Resource Library.


Anna Marie is a Missionary & Clinical Counsellor with the MORE Network. She has been married to Doug for 40+ years, has 2 children and several grandchildren and lives in Vancouver, BC. She has provided counselling and Member Care in Asia for 12 years in several locations. Her passion is to help missionaries and their families through grief, pain and loss while in various stages of transition. She understands just how difficult it can be transitioning in and out of cross-cultural ministry. She holds a nursing degree (BScN) and counselling degrees (Master of Arts in Counseling) and is recognized as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Canadian Certified Counsellor. 



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Did you miss our past blogs? Check them out below!

 

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Changing the Oil on your Cross-Cultural Worker
How do we care for our Cross-Cultural Ministry Workers? Using car maintenance as an analogy, Mark unpacks three ways the church can support & care for Cross-Cultural Ministry Workers.  
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The Joy of Transitions
God calls us to follow Him in obedience. Almost always it means change. Leaving our comfort zone, we move into unknown territory, feeling anxious, fearful, and sometimes terrified. Yet we can journey through transitions...
Read more...
Wilderness ReBoot: Solitude, Community & Mission
As we celebrate that Wilderness ReBoot is returning in July 2022, Ben shares about how his love for the wilderness first started, and gives insight into what adult MKs (Missionary Kids) can expect at Wilderness ReBoot. ...
Read more...
Christmas Memories from Around the World
Watermelon, Handprints and Fireworks ... What do they all have in common? They are all elements of favourite Christmas memories and traditions from our MORE staff, from around the world! 
Read more...
Loving and Supporting MKs: One Church's Story
What are some ways you could love and encourage the MKs you know? Here's a story of how one church practically loved and supported MKs!
Read more...
World Mental Health Day 2021
3 Articles + 1 Library for World Mental Health Day 2021. Resources for Cross-Cultural Workers & Third Culture Kids. 
Read more...
Memoirs from a Missionary Mom: On Loneliness
During our first year in Chavuma, Zambia with four boys five years old and under, most days I didn’t get past the clothes line, pegging out loads of diapers and laundry. Even without small children, life in developing c...
Read more...
Finding Community as a TCK (Third Culture Kid)
Have you ever felt alone in a group? Have you felt disconnected even while others around you were laughing and smiling and having a good time? In those moments, did you feel like people saw you? Did you feel like people...
Read more...
Recommended Podcast: Pondering Purple
A recommended podcast for MKs (Missionary Kids) & TCKs (Third Culture Kids) and those who love MKs & TCKs! 
Read more...
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