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World Health Day 2022 - A Conversation around Mental Health

Today is World Health Day, where the theme for 2022 is ‘Our Planet, Our Health’. As part the World Health Organisation’s focus this year on well-being, see below a summary of tips shared by Dr Rebecca Loundar, who recently joined our interim Global Senior Pastor Phil Dooley on a conversation around Mental Health at our Sunday night Service.

What to do with our pain?

God has the wisdom to help us navigate this well, so our lives are healthier. As a church, we are focused on how we can live healthier lives.

Here are some practical steps on ‘what to do’ when feeling pain or supporting someone who is in pain.

  1. Faith in God doesn’t equal a pain-free existence.
  • God promises in the Bible that he’s alongside us, in us and with us as we travel the good and not so good.
  • Pain is part of our journey, it takes faith to trust that God will be with us on that journey towards our healing.
  • It is important to go on a journey of our self-awareness and start to notice the range of emotions we can experience at any one time is healthy and helpful.
  • It is helpful to learn to sit with our emotions and start to understand that emotion and become more self-aware as well as to learn more compassion for ourselves

Tip: Be self-aware, pause and name the emotion.

  1. Some pain doesn’t go away, but it doesn’t have to control you.
  • Start to identify where the emotion is coming from. Is it our interpretation or perspective of the experience we are having?
  • Pause and understand where some of the emotions are coming from and learn helpful ways to manage them.

Tip: Allowing oneself to have positive experiences in the midst of experiencing pain.

  1. We hide our pain as we don’t want to show our vulnerability.
  • Any of us can avoid pain, however, sometimes we can doubt our capacity to manage pain as it is not a pleasant experience.
  • Self-reflection is important to seek to understand. Identifying what we are trying to avoid can be helpful.
  • Find healthier ways to acknowledge distress, pain or trauma.

Tip: Reaching out for support is healthy. Be encouraged to talk to a trusted friend or seek professional help.

  1. Having the courage to confront your pain will ultimately bring freedom.
  • Individually, we need to identify what freedom may look like for you, for example a sense of joy in our hearts.
  • With freedom, there is hope, there’s joy and a connection with God.
  • We can be free by understanding our relationship with Jesus, having the right relationships and daily rituals.

Tip: Routine is foundational to well-being.

We have a team of Pastors available to you if you need someone to talk to. To speak with a Pastor call 1300 53 53 53. If you find yourself in an emergency situation outside of normal office hours and need to speak with a Pastor please call the same number 1300 53 53 53 for contact details.

Our church is far more than a building with services on the weekend – we are a community of people who do every season of life together. In this uncertain time, it is our heart to connect with you, our church family to support you to be able to flourish in every area of life: Hillsong Help

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