Our friends at World Prayer Centre have reminded us of this day for prayer on Thursday this week:
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY – 10 OCTOBER
One in four adults in the UK is likely to have a mental health problem at some stage in their lifetime. Anxiety, which involves unease, worry or fear affects 5% of the population at any one time. About 20% of people will suffer from depression at some stage in their lifetime. People are often reluctant to share mental health issues with others, afraid that the response will be unsympathetic. We long to see a time when people will feel free to ask for prayer, with confidence that the prayer response would be compassionate and wise.
At its extreme, mental health issues feed the suicide rate. There were 11.2 deaths from suicide per 100,000 people. The most vulnerable were men in their late 40’s, but there is a rise in young men aged 20 – 24 and young girls and women from 10 – 24.
- For the church to accept, love and support people with mental health issues.
- For family and friends of people who have committed suicide in 2019.
- For God’s protection on people considering suicide – may they be rescued.