Bishops of Malta and Gozo call for greater investment in mental health

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The Bishops of Malta and Gozo have encourage greater investment in mental health, particularly during this global health emergency and thereafter, so that no one is left behind.

In a statement the Archbishop of Malta Charles J Scicluna, Gozo Bishop Anton Teuma and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi said that on World Mental Health Day, which is observed on the 10th October, they would like to share with people who are facing mental health problems and their families, the strength and encouragement given by God.

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is “Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access”.

“On this day, we pray that all people with mental health problems will always be welcomed, included, and given support, especially within the Church, the People of God, where every member is cherished.”

The Bishops said that World Mental Health Day is an international day with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

They also explained how people with mental health problems may be seen as weak-willed and may come to believe this themselves, some may feel isolated from their community, and perhaps even from God but the reality is that mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, background, income etc.

The Bishops of Malta and Gozo noted how during periods of anxiety and social isolation, such as the present COVID-19 pandemic, these problems have definitely been intensified.

“In Christ, the areas in our life where we feel powerless become the areas where God can work in us and also become a source of strength for others. St Paul wrote that the Lord told him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).”

The bishops also explained how far from being a burden on others, people suffering from mental health problems are a vital part of the Body of Christ, with a special role that can only be fulfilled by them.

Archbishop Charles J Scicluna, Gozo Bishop Anton Teuma and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi mentioned how they ask God to help them work for a society where all people are cherished and the dignity of every human being is respected.