Jesus’ Crown of Thorns

Let Us Pray for those Who Suffer with Mental Illness during this Mental Health Awareness Week

By Jayson M. Brunelle

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. As a psychotherapist, I am all too familiar with the devastation that mental illness brings about. Many psychiatric disorders, depending upon their severity and duration, often affect every dimension of life. Many persons with mental illness cannot hold a job or advance in their career; they often have an extremely low opinion of themselves; they are more likely to have suicidal ideation/plans/attempts; they often experience profound anguish and distress; quite often they live in poverty; they are more likely to develop a co-morbid substance abuse/dependence problem in an effort to alleviate the intensity of their intra-psychic ego-dystonia and anguish; they are misunderstood by many, including family members and close friends. (more…)