The ABAM Women Ministry’s discussion of six crucial topics during its recent 3-day Triennial Conference is commendable. The topics covered, including Women’s Health, Social Media, Homosexuality, Mental Health, Self-reliance, and Food Safety, are all pressing and relevant issues in today’s world, even within our society. While all six topics are of equal importance, this column would like to emphasize mental health. There is a profound connection between mental health, society, and the role of the church in fostering understanding and healing.


In an era marked by technological advancements, global connectivity, and ever-evolving societal norms, our lives have become increasingly complex. Amid the hustle and bustle of modern existence, one critical aspect demands immediate attention: mental health. It is an issue that transcends cultural, geographical, and religious boundaries, impacting individuals from all walks of life.


Mental health concerns affect millions worldwide, and no society is exempt from this silent struggle. Not even ours. Anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental health conditions are pervasive, yet they often remain concealed behind a facade of normalcy. Stigmatization and a lack of understanding prevent many from seeking help, deepening their isolation.
Therefore, the responsibility of addressing mental health issues doesn’t lie solely with afflicted individuals. It is a collective responsibility that society must shoulder. We must create an environment where seeking help for mental health concerns is as natural as seeking medical treatment for physical ailments. Education, awareness, and empathy are the cornerstones that can create that environment.


The church plays an influential role in shaping societal attitudes and values. With its moral authority, the church has a unique opportunity to contribute positively to the mental health discourse. The church can and should play a role in breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues. Among many other things it can do, the church can engage in advocacy efforts for better mental health care within communities and provide educational resources and workshops to raise awareness about mental health.


The church should collaborate with other entities to create a more compassionate and understanding society, dispel the myths surrounding mental health, offer a helping hand to those in need, and ensure that no one feels alone in their struggle.


Mental health is not solely a medical or psychological matter; it is a reflection of our society’s values and priorities. The church, with its moral compass, can be a guiding light in this vital journey towards mental health awareness and healing. Let ABAM Women Ministry lead the way.

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