Another “Special Day”
This month contains some very special days. Saturday is World Fiddle Day. Monday is Accounting Day. Tuesday is Title Track Day. And Thursday is Wine Day. Just in case you’re wondering, I’m not making this up!
We are so overrun by “special days” that we often don’t pay attention to them. However, there are some special days coming that we should pay attention to. Tomorrow begins the Mental Health Weekend of Faith in NYC. Its purpose is to help communities of faith highlight the needs of those who are struggling with mental illness or substance abuse.
Before we make a judgment about whether this is worth our attention, here are some statistics that are sobering:
* 8% of NYC public high school students report attempting suicide
* 73,000 NYC public high school students report feeling chronically sad and or hopeless each month
* In 2015, 77% of New York adults said they needed treatment at some point in the past year but did not get it
* 1 in 10 people are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse.
This means that whether we realize it or not, we are all connected to someone who is struggling with mental health issues.
As a community of faith, we strive to be a place that receives people, without judgment, who are struggling with these issues. We strive to provide the strength of relationship, the hope that change is possible, and the resources needed to help them find the path to recovery.
This weekend is a time to remember those who come to our Wholeness Center, a safe place for people dealing with emotional and psychological issues. It is a time to remember those who come to A Taste of Heaven, our ministry to the homeless, who are often struggling with mental illness or addiction. It is a time to remember our moms and dads, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters who face mental health challenges.
It is a time to remember. It is a time to pray. And it is a time to be a community that provides help and hope to those who struggle.