Make mental health a priority: Bishop Sproxton

Bishop Sproxton spoke at a twilight retreat inspired by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Social Justice Statement 2020-21 (The eRecord/Matthew Lau)

Perth Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton has emphasised the importance of maintaining mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: The eRecord.

Bishop Sproxton was speaking at a twilight retreat in Perth on October 15. The retreat was inspired by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Social Justice Statement 2020-21, To live life to the full: Mental health in Australia today.

Bishop Sproxton said the pandemic had accentuated many worldly threats – physical, social, political and economic – but also placed an often unseen pressure on people’s mental wellbeing.

“The loss of jobs and income from businesses, together with underemployment and insecure work, place enormous pressure on people trying to provide for themselves and their families,” Bishop Sproxton said.

“Isolation has also been very difficult for many, and dangerous for those who are in situations of family strife and domestic violence.”

The abrupt lockdown that came with COVID-19 resulted in people nationwide suddenly isolated within their homes, unable to participate in the everyday rituals of life in the public sphere and were stripped away.

Bishop Sproxton said mental ill-health was not a “moral failure” or “the result of a lack of faith” and that “Jesus Himself was labelled mad and, like us, he suffered psychological distress”.

“Now is surely a time to make mental health a priority, so that all people may know the fullness of life which Jesus offers.”

FULL STORY

Bishop Sproxton zeroes in on mental health in a pandemic world (By Eric Martin, The eRecord)

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