10/10/2011 9:30 am
World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes more open discussion of mental health needs and advances in prevention and treatment services for mental illness.
The facts below illustrate why our communities of faith have a huge part to play in raising awareness, challenging stigma and offering acceptance and support to those facing the challenges of living with mental illness.
Pope Benedict XVI
"I invite you to pray for those with mental health difficulties: that they are not placed on the margins, but treated with respect and lovingly supported as they live their life with dignity."
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Bishop Richard Moth offers this three-minute reflection for World Mental Health Day. You can listen to the mp3 using our Flash Player in the top right-hand corner of this article or download by right-clicking on the link.