Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness Week


Mental Illness Awareness week is held in October each year. One in five families are affected by mental illnesses. For one in 17 it is serious and persistent. Our spirituality is a key component in the recovery process along with good mental and physical healthcare. In addition to our sacramental life, daily prayer is important. We offer this prayer to be said for supporting wellness and wholeness in our lives.

  1. I will recall that I am a child of God.  I am one who is created out of Love.  I am chosen, good, holy and have purpose...a task to perform here on Earth before I return to the Father.  I deserve to be treated as a person who has value and dignity.
  2. I will embrace my illness or my family member’s illness as a friend this day looking for what it is teaching me about the mystery of God and Life.
    • ]I will not allow the stigma of mental illness to defeat me this day.  I will choose to have power over stigma by detaching myself from the stigma.
    1. I will talk to someone today who will encourage me to see my goodness and holiness as a child of God.  Maybe we will share a prayer together for one another.
    2. I will look for humor and reasons to laugh and be happy.  Quiet joy will be my goal.
    3. I will read a passage from Scripture or something from a book of devotion, inspiration or spiritual reading that will encourage me to trust and hope in the power and love of God.
    4. I will seek twenty minutes of solitude, silence, prayer this day.  If my mind won’t quiet down, if my thoughts keep racing, I will offer that as my prayer to God.  If necessary and helpful, I will listen to soothing instrumental music or inspirational/religious music to quiet me and remind me that God is present.
    5. I will walk outdoors marveling at a sunrise, a sunset, the song of a bird, the soothing colors of nature...the serenity of green grass, a blue sky, the softness of the pastel colored blossoms of Springtime and the peaceful waters of a river, lake or stream that ripple and flow.  I will remind myself that everything in nature is a reflection of the Creator and pleases the Creator just as it is and so do I just as I am.
    6. I will delight in the knowledge that we are each created different because it is in our differences we make a more powerful and beautiful whole.  We each reflect a different aspect of the mystery of Life and God.  Individually and together we are a Masterpiece!
    7. In God is my hope and my joy.  I will give honor, glory and praise to God knowing and trusting what God has in store for me.  We do not seek or like suffering but our suffering can make us strong in many ways and more compassionate and loving to others...our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
    Knowing for sure that although I long for God, God’s longing for me is even greater.  I will rest in that knowledge this day. Amen
                                                   By Rita Sebastian Lambert
                                                                   Workshop on Spirituality 
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