Prayer Mental Health Awareness

Women seated with arms raised in prayer

Mental Health Recovery and Understanding

Pastoral Prayer

Loving Creator,

We come to you on this National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding, because we know that you are a God of love and compassion.

We come as people of all creeds and all nations seeking your presence, comfort and guidance. We come as consumers, family members, friends, co-workers and mental health professionals. We come this day because we believe that you, Divine One, love each one of us just as we are and walk with us on our individual journeys through life. You see
ignorance and injustice that divides and separates persons struggling with mental illness and you weep with us.

Give us courage to face our challenges and open us today to the many ways you are already working in our
midst. Help us to identify mental illness as the disease it is, that we might have courage and wisdom in the face
of ignorance and stigma. Inspire us as we seek to overcome fear, acquire knowledge, and advocate for
compassionate and enlightened treatment and services.

Lead us as we open our hearts and homes, our communities and job opportunities, our houses of worship and
communities of faith. Enable us to find ways to be inclusive of persons living with mental illness in our
everyday lives. Be with doctors, therapists, researchers, social workers, and all those in the helping professions
as they seek to overcome ignorance and injustice with care and compassion.

Sometimes, Divine Spirit, we feel discouraged and hopeless in the face of so many challenges.
Help us to see ourselves as you see us…persons of value and worth…persons of creativity and potential. May we come to understand the inter connectedness of mind, body and spirit in bringing about health and wholeness. And may
we go forward into our communities with a renewed sense of vision, hope and possibility for the future.


Reverend Susan Gregg-Schroeder