Great Mystery, on this National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Awareness, we pray for all who live with a mental health challenge and their loved ones.
When the night is long and tomorrow seems uncertain, grant us peace.
When mental health challenges overwhelm us, grant us peace.
When a new diagnosis causes life to take an unexpected turn, grant us peace.
When suicude seems like the only option, grant us hope.
When treatment options are limited, grant us hope.
When society confuses mental illness with violence, grant us hope.
When we or loved ones begin the journey of recovery, we give thanks.
When mental health professionals offer compassionate and excellent care, we give thanks.
When faith communities are loving, non-judgemental, and supportive of people with mental illness and their families, we give thanks.
Great Healer, may we recommit ourselves to creating communities of healing, justice, and peace. Amen.