Love Conquers Stigma

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;

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Lessons from the Bear Hunt

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.
Oh no!
We’ve got to go through it!”

It got me thinking about our attitude towards mental illness and times

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Where is the Light? #BlueMonday and S.A.D.


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 in

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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.

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Victory and Lament

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.

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Lamenting and Leading #WorldMentalHealthDay

Rates of mental illness rising.

Services stretched.

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 Spirit

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Speaking Hope to Young People – #WorldSuicidePreventionDay

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 is

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