Around the world, times are tough as the cost of living increases hit home. Many of us feel anxious over our financial situation, or fearful for those who already have little. At times like this, it can be helpful to remember we’re not alone and through prayer and action, we can reach out and support others.
Poverty and mental health struggles are part of a vicious cycle. The stresses associated with the lack of food and shelter, vulnerability to disasters and limited access to health, education and other vital services all increase the risk of developing mental health problems.
It is why all of the work Tearfund does involves a holistic approach – caring for people’s practical and emotional needs. Both are required if we want to help people lift themselves out of poverty – anything less is just a sticking-plaster solution.
Our work through the church helps us to accomplish this. Through running community groups, churches can often reach people who have been excluded and marginalised because of poverty and stigma. It is through finding community that people can find solidarity, friendship and support to help them overcome their problems.