Bishop Anthony writes to us each week and this week I would like to share his commentary on mental health with you. I have listened to a lot of commentary over the last 6 months. The negative dialogue about COVID 19 and its impact followed closely by the negative impact of the lockdown and finally the negative impact of job losses. Read Bishop Anthony’s words here
While all the above are true the media has swamped us with negativity. I was talking to a neighbour the other day who lost a parent through COVID 19 and she said to me that she could no longer expose herself to the radio or television as it dragged her down and stopped her being able to process her grief.
Our world can, at times, bombard us with detail and we haven’t had generations to build up cultural strategies with which to protect ourselves. This must be doubly true for those experiencing first-hand the negative events of this year.
All the things we usually do for those we know who are going through tough times are closed to us, creating social events or going out for a meal. There are things we can do though that not only help us physically but also mentally.
Invite a friend for a walk. It needn’t be fast just go for a saunter. I t is amazing how much a walk and talk can do for ones feeling of wellbeing. This is wellbeing week so on Friday staff will be given a coffee before school and go for a walk, in small groups. We are trying to practise what we preach.
Pope Francis said this:
You can have flaws, be anxious, and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you.