Anyone else in need of a mental break from 2020? If it wasn’t one thing, it was another. From Covid-19, to closed church doors, racial unrest, political mud slinging, insensitive social media posts, financial distress, and the list goes on. Oh, and I forgot to mention “murder hornets.” No worries for me though. I run from normal hornets and all insects with stingers growing out of their bottoms, so I’m good, but I digress.
The whole point is, it’s enough to drive even those who don’t typically struggle with mental health issues bananas! It’s no secret that Covid-19 has brought on some unwanted changes to our social life and daily routines. Statistics have already revealed that social distancing has led to feelings of isolation in some as well as a significant rise in stress and anxiety in others. Anybody else enjoy wearing a mask in 90 degree temperatures? I didn’t think so. So let me ask you a question. How’s your mental?
It’s easy for adults to focus on their own feelings. Especially during a time like this when anxiety and questions of financial stability are at an all time high. But if there’s one thing that’s for sure, children are being affected by this pandemic just as much as the grown ups are. This season has also brought about emotional challenges to children as well.
It’s important to remember that children have experienced loss during this pandemic and have been ripped from their day to day routines. Loss of meeting with friends, interacting with teachers, seeing their faith community, and so much more. Despite the digital attempts to close the gap, these virtual platforms can fall short of real community and leave children wanting more. Time will only tell whether this season will have a lasting impact on their mental health and emotional development.
It is vital that Children’s Ministry leaders be able to identify mental health issues on their staff, with their volunteer base, and among the children they are called to serve. I’ve served in far too many churches where people have suffered from undiagnosed mental health issues. As leaders in the body of Christ, we must cultivate both a heart and possess the necessary skills to help those who are suffering with mental health issues. The Word states it this way, “Dear children, let us not love in with words or speech, but with action and in truth.” (1 John 3:18 NIV)
Mental health issues are REAL in children and adults alike, and their consequences can be catastrophic if left unchecked. Despite mental health illnesses running rampant in our churches and ministries, it still remains a taboo topic that we just don’t talk about. Not anymore! I am inviting you to join this crucial conversation on August 18th @ 7:00pm CST as we discuss Mental Health in Children’s Ministry. It’s time for us to stand as the body of Christ and break the silence. Together we can help each other achieve mental wholeness as God intended.
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