On February 23, the World Day Against Depression is observed to raise public awareness of mental disorders and to influence behavioural change towards people suffering from depression.
Suicidologist Father Tomasz Trzaska, co-organizer of the crisis campaign, emphasised that life is worth talking about and that priests should learn how to reach out to people who are suicidal, as well as the impact of social media on the mental health of its users.
Priests have a unique opportunity to accompany people in a variety of life situations, including catechesis, community meetings, confession, parish group meetings, and other human problems. In cases of suicide, it is the priest’s responsibility to receive the victims’ families in the chancery, accompany them to the funeral, and conduct the ceremony.
- Church’s approach to suicidal crisis and to the commits.
Although church legislation has changed in recent years, the myth of funeral restrictions persists. It is important to note that even if a person does not live a completely religious life, the Church may still regard them as an enemy. There is a growing awareness and sensitivity among priests about these issues, and clergy are attempting to help them through training activities. Church legislation has evolved over time, but there is still a long way to go.
- Distinction between simulated and real illness
The myth that “someone says they don’t want to live any longer” is frequently harmful to those who surround us. According to statistics, 8 out of 10 people who commit suicide have announced their intentions beforehand. It is important to remember that a person in good mental health is unlikely to use this excuse, because any crisis can be interpreted as a sign of weakness or a suicidal crisis, and a person who does not have such tendencies may not want to be associated with someone who is unstable. It is useful to have the conviction that someone is considering such a dramatic scenario if they speak out loud about it.
- Psychiatric hospitals; chaplains ministry
A chaplain’s ministry is the same as it is everywhere else, and the number of people following suicide attempts has been increasing in recent months. This is extremely concerning, and even in small hospitals, several such patients are admitted each week. The chaplains use their platform to refer parents who are unsure what to do after their child’s suicide attempt to us and to provide free consultations on the subject. They also educate priests, and priests are eager to accompany families dealing with this issue.
- Confusion of religiosity with psychology; Warning
The phrase “depression cannot be prayed away” emphasises the importance of faith and religion in one’s life. People frequently believe that mental and emotional problems are the result of a lack of faith, but this is not always the case. According to a journalist, if a person does not engage in work and prayer, depression will pass them by. It is critical to remember that depression is not something one chooses for oneself, nor is it the result of boredom or a temporary mood swing.
God has given people the wisdom to support one another not only through faith, but also through intellect and the use of medical advances. Faith can help, but depression cannot be healed for instance, by going only to confession, as some people could suggest. This is like sending someone to work on fields, while he suffers pneumonia, or anaemia. Suicide can result from untreated depression.
- Nowadays emotional ambient; Social media
Social media is a fantastic tool, but it is not without risks. Hatred and comparison to others can lead to becoming a world-class ‘celebrity,’ which is harmful to the world. It’s important to remember that not everyone can afford expensive trips and frequent restaurant visits, and that the majority of people live in average or modest circumstances. Celebrities are influencers whose accounts have a few dozen, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of followers. Because it is difficult to separate truth from virtual creation, the speaker is concerned about the potential impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on virtual creation.
They argue that it is critical to downplay the realities of the world and to remember that most large accounts exist to make money from their audience. They also suggest that good relationships at home, with children, husband, parents, and the world, rather than idealised images, should be encouraged. AI is a powerful tool that can create a human face or mimic someone’s voice, and it is ushering in a new era.