May: Mental Health Awareness Month

As Catholics, we are called to embrace an ever-clearer vision of each human person as created by God with inherent dignity and worth. This truth is not diminished when someone struggles with various illnesses or behaviors, including mental health concerns. Pope St. John Paul II reminded us of this fundamental truth in 1996 at the International Conference for Health Care Workers: “Whoever suffers from mental illness always bears God’s image and likeness in themselves, as does every human being. In addition, they always have the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.” As a faith community, we are called to support our brothers and sisters suffering from a mental health condition, offering the unconditional and nonjudgmental love they deserve.