Are you ok mate?

In today’s new normal, physical gatherings have been restricted, and online platforms have become the go-to way for people to connect and share.

Nov 05, 2021


KUALA LUMPUR:
In today’s new normal, physical gatherings have been restricted, and online platforms have become the go-to way for people to connect and share. In light of this, the Youth Ministry of the Church of Our Lady of Fatima organised a three-day Virtual Youth Gathering via Zoom from October 22 to 24 for youths aged between 17 and 35 years.

Fifty young people attended this gathering themed ARE U OK M8? This topic was chosen to address the importance of mental health, especially among young people today. We have seen a rise in mental health challenges within our community and become aware of how such challenges affect people in their relationships.

The gathering commenced on Friday night with an icebreaker, followed by the introduction of the speakers for the weekend. Caren Philip from the Church of the Divine Mercy, Shah Alam and Roeshan Gomez from the Church of St Ignatius, PJ were invited to share and facilitate the weekend.

Caren started her session on Saturday afternoon, touching on Mental Health awareness. Through her insightful sharing, we understood that almost everyone encounters some form of mental illness at some point in their life. She also shared about the different types of mental illnesses that are common these days. The participants were then split into groups for discussions, to openly share their own life experiences on mental health.

On Saturday night, Roeshan spoke on relationships. He stressed the importance of mental health and emphasised how it affects our relationships in both positive and negative ways. He also shared on love and the perceived love languages that are unique and different for every individual.

The participants then discussed in their respective groups the areas in their life where there may be a love deficit or love miscommunication, and the practical steps they could take to bridge gaps with other individuals.

The message of the weekend ultimately emphasised faith in Jesus as the foundation of all our relationships and the continuous journey in being courageous mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It cannot be overemphasised that our relationship with Christ should be first and foremost, above everything else in our lives.

To end the virtual gathering, Parish Administrator Fr Clarence Devadass was present for the Q&A session from the participants. This was followed by Mass celebrated by Fr Bernard Hyacinth, the Assistant Priest. All in all, it was a fruitful weekend where we were able to connect with, share and deepen our understanding of mental health and relationships. — By OLF Youth

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