The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the minds of millions of people. Stress, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, financial loss, and depression are some of the ways COVID-19 is affecting many. The United Nations suggests, “Although the COVID-19 crisis is, in the first instance, a physical health crisis, it has the seeds of a major mental health crisis as well, if action is not taken. Good mental health is critical to the functioning of society at the best of times. It must be front and centre of every country’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently” (https://unsdg.un.org/resources/policy-brief-covid-19-and-need-action-mental-health).
Therefore, our world church is attempting to minister to the mental health needs of our church family—starting with the young adults. As I looked online at the General Conference’s Annual Council meeting website, I stumbled across this timely link: https://youthaliveportal.org/mentalhealth. Please check it out, and watch the short video there that addresses the very real mental health crisis our world is going through. And join us online Sabbath morning for an important message from our mental health expert Roseane Alonso. Yes, online, because there is no in-person service this week as a safety precaution since there is a COVID case on campus. Yes, our focus this Sabbath addresses mental health—after all, Jesus said to love God will all your mind.