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'Why mental health matters in our faith journey'

Theology and therapy can combat the spiralling mental health crisis, the creators of the world’s largest Christian wellness app believe.

In the United Kingdom, the pandemic tipped an additional 60,000 secondary school children into clinical depression. In a new study, University College London (UCL) found that depressive symptoms such as low mood, loss of pleasure and poor concentration in adolescents increased by six per cent after Covid struck.

Depression amongst USA adults tripled in the early stages of the global pandemic, jumping from 8.5 per cent to a staggering 27.8 per cent. Recent research from Boston University School of Public Health reveals that the elevated rate of depression has persisted, and even worsened, throughout the pandemic, climbing to 32.8 percent and affecting one in every three American adults.

Glorify, a faith-based app designed to help Christians strengthen their daily connection with God, is supporting Mental Health Awareness Month by launching a month-long Thought For The Day series focusing on the crossover between therapy and theology.

The Thought for the Day series is an established category and one of the top-performing content areas of the Glorify app, making it the perfect medium to engage and inspire Glorify’s users. The 60-second recordings are designed to fit easily into a daily routine and feed the mind and spirit with positive words of encouragement and insight. 

Glorify has teamed up with British therapist Jo Hargreaves, who is helping Christians put into practice powerful techniques that can help improve mental health and a sense of wellbeing.

Jo said: “Each year millions of people worldwide face the reality of living with a mental illness. In May, Glorify is joining the Mental Health Awareness Month movement to raise awareness about mental health and provide faith-based tools to support Christians around the globe.”

“The series will concentrate on mental and spiritual wellbeing, exploring why mental health matters in our faith journey. We will look at topics such as managing anxiety, overcoming shame, depression and hope, loneliness and the pressure to be perfect.”

It’s not just North America where the mental health crisis is growing. A survey conducted by Glorify amongst 1,200 Argentinians revealed 90.8 per cent of participants suffered from either stress, anxiety, insomnia or depression.

Glorify is available to download for free on iOS or Android. For more information on Glorify, its framework for faith, and notable users and partners, please visit www.glorify-app.com

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