Being proactive is theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day

Reverend Candice McKibbin

Several years ago, my church, the Tallahassee Fellowship, studied Abraham Kennedy’s important book, “How to be an anti-racist.” What Kennedy makes clear in his comprehensive and well-commented volume is the difference between saying, “I’m not a racist” and saying, “I’m an anti-racist.”

After several months of reading and sharing our insights into what we read, we all felt the need to take action on our new awareness of this important difference.

For the past 17 years, October has been recognized as National Emotional Health Month. Wellness is not just about the absence of disease. It is about the pursuit of health. It involves awareness, understanding and acceptance of feelings, and the ability to effectively manage through challenges and change.

As my church has taught regarding racism, there is a big difference between being negative about a topic and being proactive.

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