Easter Sunday – Hope Rises

They were at the end of themselves. Their one hope had died. And their journey along the road to Emmaus was a grief-laden trip full of questions, doubt and pain.

“We had hoped” are surely some of the saddest words in the cannon.

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Good Friday – Hope Shattered

“Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.”
WH Auden
Good Friday is the day hope was shattered and our language cannot adequately describe the end of hope.

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Becoming More Human – Guest Post by Anya Briggs

Most of us have known the effects of mental illness in some way. It might be ourselves or a loved one. We might have had a colleague sign off work. We might have felt the shock of discovering that someone who appeared fine on the outside was actually breaking down internally. It’s everywhere.

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Responding to Self-Harm

It’s seen as something attention seeking teenagers do.

It’s seen as a preserve of the ‘mentally ill’.

It’s seen as a passing phase, perhaps as ‘nothing serious’.

And yet.

A fifth of fourteen year old girls have self-harmed.

It’s important to note here, that these are not people who were necessarily trying to take their

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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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