In a statement released by the CCA General Secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara on the occasion of World Mental Health Day–2021 called upon Asian churches to ensure the provision of mental healthcare for all amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on people’s mental health and this pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in most countries worldwide…Spikes in heavy psychosocial burdens, anxieties around virus transmission, the psychological impact of lockdowns and involuntary self-isolation, loss of employment, financial worries, and social alienation have collectively contributed to increasing levels of mental health problems during this pandemic,” reads the statement.
The theme of World Mental Health Day–2021 is ‘Mental healthcare for all: let’s make it a reality’.
The CCA General Secretary also elaborated on the role of the church in addressing mental health within the community. “Misconceptions around mental health and the stigma that is attached by the Church and its leaders are not uncommon. A greater understanding on the holistic nature of mental health is needed for the Church in Asia to provide vital psychosocial support and care for those with mental illnesses and their families.”
“On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, the CCA urges its member churches and councils to address mental health in an effective and efficient manner by providing and facilitating mental healthcare for all, and make it a reality,” concludes the statement.