I am ‘With You’, Bishop Long tells young people

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv with young people at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth in 2019 (Parramatta Diocese)

Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv’s concern for the mental health crisis affecting young people who have suffered during the current COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in a new campaign, “With You”. Source: Catholic Outlook.

Launched on RU OK? Day with a pastoral letter from Bishop Long, to all young people, the collaborative, inter-agency response includes creative workshops, a walking challenge, videos and a new website to support young people’s resilience and hope.

In his pastoral letter to launch the campaign, Bishop Long writes:

“Like you, I have been locked down for almost 12 weeks and my balcony, with its small makeshift garden, has become an intimate place of respite from the concrete walls of my building. I want to let you know that I have been thinking deeply about the situation we share.”

Bishop Long encourages youth to have hope, reminding them of their resilience and a range of measures they can take for their own wellbeing including talking with others and regular exercise.

Catholic Youth Parramatta is this week hosting a series of creative workshops for young people to remain connected. The diocese has also launched a new "With You" website, offering “fast links to the best youth mental health services”.

Details: https://parracatholic.org/withyou/


Bishop Vincent launches campaign of hope and care amidst youth mental health crisis (By Christina Gretton, Catholic Outlook)

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