On a day like today – Valentine’s Day in case you’ve missed it – it’s easy to think that love is nothing more than flowers and chocolates between two people who romance one another.
We’ve seen the adverts for last minute delivery of red roses and cards;read more
It’s been buzzing around my head this week like an annoying fly.
Michael Rosen’s famous words from the story “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”
“We can’t go over it.
We can’t go under it.
We’ve got to go through it!”
It got me thinking about our attitude towards mental illness and timesread more
This is the week that contained the most depressing day of the year – apparently.
Blue Monday was worked out by a PR company using the time it’s been since you’ve been paid, bad weather and low motivation levels were combined to try to get people to escape the winter blues and invest inread more
I’d like to invite you to have tea with me, to sit down and share a hot drink with me, right now. Pop the kettle on, and while you’re filling it notice the sound of the running water, feel the weight of the kettle in your hand.read more
Depression attacks hope and relationships, it throttles appetite and energy; it muddies thoughts and demolishes confidence. And it will destroy faith in a good God given half a chance.read more
Memory is a powerful thing. It can transport you back in an instant to the time when you were happiest and it can paralyse you with an all too familiar pain.
Our mental health is often inextricably linked with our memory.read more
There is a rhetoric which has been bothering me, recently. I’ve heard it both in christian and cultural realms, from professionals and lay people alike.read more
Rates of mental illness rising.
We’re in the midst of a mental health crisis – and we know it.
We have awareness – it’s time to take the next step.
And for the church, I think the next step is one of lament.
Our laments are joined and enabled by the Holy Spiritread more
There’s good news and there’s bad news.
The good news is that suicide rates overall have fallen, in thanks partly to the concerted effort of organisations like the Samaritans and the work of many organisations promoting mental health and encouraging a national conversation about suicide and how it can be prevented.
And yet there isread more