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I sense that this is a really important question for us to address here at MASF because it's a very common concern amongst Christians who have mental health issues.
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As adults, it can seem overwhelming to help our children deal with their emotional response to the coronavirus crisis, when we may not even know how to handle it for ourselves.
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family, parenting, children
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How one church started a running group to combat the mental distress of COVID-19
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coronavirus, running, covid19, covid-19, fitness
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As I write, I am sitting on a ferry. It seems like the perfect time to write about transitions, not just because I am between countries, but also because I will be entering quarantine when we arrive home.
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transistion, covid19, covid-19, coronavirus, change
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Perhaps one of the most poignant aspects of lockdown, particularly as we’ve continued to journey through the various phases of it, has been the effect it has had on our children and teenagers - now being described by some as the ‘Coronavirus generation'.
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headstrong, youth, youngpeople
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How to deal with a society that is fixated on thinness and dieting.
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anorexia, eating disorders, bulimia, covid19, covid-19, coronavirus
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We should all be mindful of the challenges faced by people with established eating disorders and other difficult relationships with food that are more commonly associated with significant weight loss, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
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anorexia, bulimia, eating disorder
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How has Covid 19 impacted the mental health of new mothers and mums to be?
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covid19, covid-19, pregnancy, coronavirus, motherhood, parenting
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When so many are experiencing the same distress or difficulty at what point do we stop calling it illness and recognise a shared experience we need to process?
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covid19, covid-19, covid, coronavirus
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The 21st Century world is vibrant, dynamic, exciting and inspiring - full of potential and possibility! But there’s plenty of pressure too - and real concerns for the rising generations who are showing increasing signs of mental and emotional ill-health.
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While racist bullying was previously confined to those environments, social media permits 24/7 access to images, posts and threads and now can extend into the bedroom, provided a young person has access to a smartphone.
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racism, bullying
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As of 24 July, face coverings are compulsory in shops in England. What do you do if issues with anxiety, panic, past trauma, or mental health challenges make wearing a mask very difficult for you? Here are 5 steps to wearing a face-covering without fear.
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coronavirus, covid19, covid-19, covid, masks
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How do you find hope in longer-term challenge? How do you find splashes of colour in yet another grey day? how does your brain sometimes make you feel things are much worse than they are in these moments?
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hope, perseverence, coronavirus, covid19, covid, covid-19
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Looking back on my 15 year old piece on the 7/7 terrorist attack in London and their influence upon my anxiety.
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Testimony
PTSD, cordon, police, trauma
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rest, burnout, wellbeing
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Working from home sounded like some futuristic utopia; discarding the stresses of work commutes, we would wake up late and finish early. Propping up our laptops on our pillows we would chill through online conference calls wearing sports gear...
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boundaries, work, home, emotions, habits
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Will and Louie Van Der Hart share their news of new beginnings in London...
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One of my many concerns is that young people will operate out of a position of fear; a fear that they will at some point risk being dragged down and their reputations destroyed when they inevitably make mistakes.
sport, racism, equality, legacy, blm, blacklivesmatter
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With school still out for many, it's been described as a ‘national disaster’. But how much impact will this time out of school really have - and what can we do to minimise any negative effects?
coronavirus, covid19, covid-19, covid
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This is not another story of forgetting and pushing down but rather a distressing acknowledgement of the reality of so very many people.
bipolar
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Over the years, I have gathered a lot of simple supportive tools to help restore sleep. These are the ten that I have found to be most helpful, both personally and through other people’s experience.
insomnia, sleep, sleepweek
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There are lots of prescription medications that people say help with sleep - but is this a good thing?
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sleep, sleepweek, insomnia, sedative, sedation, medication
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Responding to the death of George Floyd - keeping silent or doing nothing under these circumstances feels like a poor and insensitive choice.
racism, covid-19, covid19, coronavirus
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A Hymn Writer and Poet shares words from one of her song’s on mental health
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poem, hymn
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A great new free online mental health course from Sanctuary Ministries
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Whether it's gnawing fear, cycling worries or just a vague dis-ease at the thought of going out, as the rules that have governed our lives are lessened, have we swapped FOMO (fear of missing out) for FOGO (fear of going out)?
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covid19, covid, coronavirus, fear
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How do you intentionally and safely release and express the least welcome emotions like grief, sadness and loss? What do you do if an emotion feels so powerful that allowing it headspace might mean it overwhelms you?
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covid19, covid, coronavirus
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There are medicines, therapies, treatments, and groups, but nothing universally changes the lives of people who are struggling with their mental health more than kindness.
kindness, mentalhealthawarenessweek
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Can we use theses trying times to collectively 'wake up' and undergo a rite of passage?
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covid19, coronavirus
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What have I been doing? I have been so busy doing what my schedule dictates that I have not considered the divine interruptions God has been offering me.
interruption, covid, covid19, coronavirus
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Postnatal depression came as a shock for me. I was so excited for our baby to arrive and for my son to have a little sister.
postnatal, depression
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Postnatal depression came as a shock for me. I was so excited for our baby to arrive and for my son to have a little sister.
mother, depression, postnatal
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Your mind will do anything to get away from uncertainty. There is almost nothing that troubles the human brain more than, ‘just no knowing’.
coronavirus, covid19, pain, worry, anxiety
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I have never travelled less and yet I have never felt more tired. Honestly, I am struggling to get past 9:30pm and It’s not a regular gentle sleep, but a sort of brutal exhaustion that comes down like the final curtain on a West End play.
covid19, coronavirus
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The Christian faith offers tremendous support and help in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
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coronavirus, covid19
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You have taken 157 Zoom calls since the Corona Virus lockdown started and you are beginning to dread the next ‘interactive online gathering’. Sounds familiar?
covid19, coronavirus
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A couple of weeks into lockdown, it’s starting to sink in: this way of life is going to be for a while...
covid19, coronavirus
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This isn’t the time for triumphalism or for simplistic anecdotes. Equally, it's not the moment to close our eyes to the ways in which we are being reformed in vulnerability, humility, gratitude, compassion, and community.
coronavirus, covid19
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In the emotional challenges of the CV19 crisis, Kate Middleton looks at what you can do when it all just feels too much?
coronavirus, covid19
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In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all having to adapt to ever-changing circumstances in a way and at a speed that we’ve never had to before.
coronavirus, covid19
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One of the things I am helping folk with during this Coronavirus pandemic is how to handle heightened anxiety and stress. As a Baptist Minister, contemplative and psychotherapist I know this can be approached spiritually and therapeutically.
coronavirus, stress, anxiety, covid19
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Imposed social isolation probably wouldn't be anyone's choice - but it needn't be totally out of control. Here are 5 steps we can take to help us emotionally if we're having to isolate.
coronavirus, covid19
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If you're of an anxious disposition the Corona Virus outbreak is an emotional nightmare come true. How can we be both faith-filled and do everything we can to avoid getting sick?
coronavirus, covid19
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Finding God’s Peace in a Place of Psychosis. Why it's hard and 5 things that can help.
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Dementia Friendly Churches are churches that include and welcome people with dementia. They offer people with dementia respect and dignity, and promote knowledge and awareness about dementia within the local community.
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dementia, alzheimers, church, friendly
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Recent events have brought painfully into focus the kind of desperation and powerful emotions that can lead people to take that most desperate of steps - to end their own life. Here are 5 things you need to know when suicidal thoughts kick in
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It's Valentine's day - all about celebrating love. But what do you do if you are not in a season of romance? Here's something we might forget today - the greatest kind of love is actually open to all of us in friendship. Here's why ...
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"Most of all, we need pastors and church leaders willing to admit that the Church doesn’t have all the answers."
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words, stigma, sanctuary
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One woman's journey from losing her father to cancer aged 10.
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bereavement
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6 Feb is Time To Talk Day - but for every person who needs to talk, someone else has the challenge of creating the right space and moment so that they can. Especially in church. Here are 6 ways we can make church a safe space for people to talk.
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"I know it isn’t going to always be plain sailing but I know with God by my side I will always be okay."
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Mundane is the same old reliable, familiar solid stuff that we take for granted. If you are going to make a resolution for this New Year, how about giving thanks for the regular stuff, the everyday, the routine. It's amazingly good!
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Do challenges around accessing good treatment and care mean happiness and health feel out of reach to some? What does an often unhelpfully quoted gospel story have to teach us about creating a culture where everyone gets the chance to thrive?
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...between Severe Mental Illness and Demon Possession
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demon, healing, illness
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Finding peace amidst Christmas business.
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What could you give this Christmas to someone who will be stuck on a mental health ward?
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christmas, gift
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A friend asked me about what the difference was between scars and wounds this week. We were discussing what healing looked like for people with mental health issues.
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This Bible Study is designed to be used in a small group, maybe as a way of introducing the topic in your church.
Treatments, bible study, bible, self help
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Long term illness is understandably hard - but what is it about this cruellest of life's challenges that can have such a powerful impact on our emotional and mental wellbeing?
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A new book about suicide and hope. "Some books change lives: this might save them." - J John
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suicide
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How your church can help build resilience in your local community
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resilience, video, challenge
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A theology of mental health is rooted in 'The Suffering Victorious Christ'.
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What do you do when you can’t feel emotions at all?
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The shame of suicide is literally killing us. We cannot be passive about suicide any longer and we cannot wait in the vain hope that the most vulnerable in our communities will change the culture for us.
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Download audio and video from our 2019 conference
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Coast, beach
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One of the hardest things to deal with when someone is suicidal or has died from suicide is that there are so many negative attitudes aboout the subject.
depression, suicide, attitudes, stigma, history
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A new book from IVP by a doctor who lives with psychosis
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Responding to his recent death, Will explores how people might react
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Label people - or is there a better way?
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Where anxiety is concerned - how can we get rid of it? How can we become Fearless?
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Suicide is the most greatest killer of men aged 20-49 and yet it is rarely acknowledged in our churches, Following a number of high profile suicides how will the church respond?
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What is resilience and how can we develop it? Do you need adversity to develop resilience?
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resilience, prevention, youth
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The question that I often find unlocks the ‘anxiety/sin’ matrix is one around categories. 1 John 3:4 offers us a model of categorising sin: For anxiety to be a sin, according to the scripture it would have to be a demonstration of ‘lawlessness'.
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8 months ago, I was admitted to psychiatric hospital with a severe physical manifestation of anxiety and depression. My brain slowed down to a crawl, my short-term memory was completely shot, I could barely speak and was slurring my words, and when I read
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Monsters often catch us in those quiet moments, and the night when we are exhausted and alone is the worst time to be ambushed. Here are 5 ways to manage them.
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How humans change, what happens when we don’t or can’t change, and some ways to move forward
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change, I can change, psychology, science, theology
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I know that as much as I want to believe anger is a God-given emotion that is essential to my wellbeing, I am struggling. Nobody wants to be known as an Angry Pastor - it’s an oxymoron, isn’t it?
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Festival season is rapidly approaching and for many of us this is a time of both expectation and apprehension. If you have a mental health condition or are vulnerable to low mood or anxiety, Christian festivals can be particularly challenging...
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Fighting emotional ill health is tough. But what about those on the sidelines supporting those who are struggling?
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We often see stories of people being sent hundreds of miles away for inpatient care. Is there a better way?
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We are made for relationships, for connection and to be in community with one another. This isn’t always easy but it’s reassuring to know that whatever we have been through others have also been through too...
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One question I get asked really regularly is about sharing my emotional/mental health struggles online. Having just written a book with the subtitle, “Discovering the confidence to lead with vulnerability”, I guess its not surprising!...
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What makes a church mental health friendly? Some criteria to measure yours by...
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mental health, friendly, safe place
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Feeling caught in a dark time or under the weight of something? Here's how hope can come when we least expect it.
dark, depression, sadness, hope, recovery, light, dawn
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Over 1300 women experience PP each year in the UK (1 to 2 in every 1000 deliveries). It can be hard to find high quality information about PP.
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testimonies, psychosis, post-natal, baby, mother
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What works [and doesn't work] for Body Dysmorphic Disorder
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bdd, body image, body dysmorphic disorder, MHAW
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Figures released for Mental Health Awareness Week show so many people struggle with issues around body image. But is self love alone a solution? What does the Bible - and the song 'This is me' have to do with this?
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body image, anxiety, depression, MHAW
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‘Some say that you’re a Christian, so you shouldn’t feel depressed. But I guess, they haven’t read the Psalms in depth’. A video for Mental Health Awareness Week
nizamspeaks, depression, MHAW
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How do we grow and find out who we are? Psychological and Spiritual models. Notes from our seminar at the HTB Alpha Leadership Conference.
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psychological strength, personality, strength, myers briggs, enneagram, belbin, maturity
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In essence; people worry about failure, then feel desperately guilty when they perceived that they have failed and determine to get everything right from there on (perfectionism).
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Belongingness is a glue that our society desperately needs if we are to overcome our isolation. It is God’s gift to us; to know that we uniquely belong to him and within the world and it’s our most potent weapon in the fight against loneliness.
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As a psychotherapist and church leader I have often found that therapeutic spaces can be safer for people with mental health issues than church. Church can seem like an environment where only certain ‘Christian’ behaviors are acceptable...
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Top university swimming coach and friend of Mind and Soul Foundation Steve Lazaraton shares his long battles with depression and anxiety whilst achieving professional success.
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Recovering from my depression has given me a new sense of empathy for the mental health of those around me.
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Testimony
depression
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Slides from Rob's talk at the National Mindfulness Day in Edinburgh
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Events
mindfulness, national mindfulness day
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As Eating Disorders Awareness Week draws to a close, let's not forget what really lies behind these often misunderstood disorders - and most important of all, that recovery IS possible.
eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, recovery
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A new 'course in a book' from Sol Skaff developed over many years
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Book Review
course, lifecare
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When your body is flooded with too much anxiety it is hard to know what to do. Here are a few thoughts and ideas on how you can turn things around...
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A pastor from the US speaks about his depression and what he told his church
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depression, pastor, Namaan
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Check out this new book by Will Vanderhart and Rob Waller - a must read!
belonging, vulnerability, shame, insecurity
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Are voice hearers responding to illness or hearing the voice of God. This new book maintains that an easy distinction is probably not possible.
voices, hearing voices, psychosis
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A series of talks by Dr Kate Middleton given at Soul Survivor Watford on emotions and how to manage them, as well as other aspects of mental health such as sleep, confidence and resilience
thrive, emotions
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How to lead and line manage others who experience mental illness. Seminar and Slides
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work, leadwell, manager, line management, employee, employment
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Why there is only one version of you and that is the person you need to be
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belonging, version of you
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Wearable tech and apps are increasingly popular when it comes to monitoring activity, sleep and even eating. But are there some things we need to be cautious about with these apps when it comes to our mental health?
fitbit, tracking, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, eating disorders, failure, obsessions
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How are you feeling with the new yaer having started. For most of us, the old anxieties are still there!
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Book Review
worry, guilt, perfectionism
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One Day training and a course from Mercy UK
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MPower, MercyUK, Mercy
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We can so often feel like to make a difference or bring about change we'd need to do something big - so we can end up doing nothing. But could a little light make a big difference when you face darkness?
light, darkness, hope, change, depression, sadness
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Skills Paul has learnt from over 25 years on medication
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psychosis, medication, mind
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For Christians, depression can feel distinctively ‘spiritual’ and will provoke significant anxiety around the quality of a person’s faith. Here are 5 common ‘spiritual‘ lies that we see forming in a depressed Christian…
depression, anxiety, christian, mental health, mental illness
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Some people believe they are Jesus because they are ill. Some people just don't believe the Truth
jesus, psychosis, christmas, psychotic
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Dealing with unemployment and uncertainty led Richard to explore Christian Mindfulness
mindfulness, work, unemployment
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Information and booking links for two events we are part of on Christian Mindfulness
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mindfulness, national mindfulness day
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There has been some significant shifts in Christian culture towards a more sympathetic narrative around mental health but there is still a long way to go. Mental health is certainly not treated with parity to physical health issues...
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A video to challenge unhelpful ways to pray. How then shall we pray?
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pray, video, how then shall we pray
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John Sutherland has served as a Metropolitan Police officer for 25 years...He was the outstanding recruit in his training school intake and rose through the ranks to become a highly respected senior officer. John had a breakdown 5 years ago...
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If there is one issue that repeatedly causes offence or unintended harm to those who are struggling with mental health issues in the church it is prayer....but how can we pray in a way that minimizes this risk?
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Audio is now available from this Conference
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conference, leadership, leading, wellness, health, mental health
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How could churches help prevent mental distress and reduce it when it is present?
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prevention, church, answers
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Mind and Soul helped recruit participants for a research project looking at how church leaders manage the emotions of those they pastor.
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pastor, leaders, emotions
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Discovering the Confidence to Lead with Vulnerability - see more at www.powerofbelonging.com
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leadership, shame
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Our three talks from the National Mindfulness Day for Christians in May 2018 are now available for download
mindfulness
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New figures suggest as many as 1/5 of teens have self harmed - but what is self harm, why do they do it - and how can we help?
self harm, teenagers, depression, anxiety
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Thoughts after a sister lost her life
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suicide, work
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How to lead for the long haul and stay emotionally healthy as a leader
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leader, leadership, wellbeing, burnout
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Mind and Soul Associate and founder of Think Twice Rachael Newham launches her brilliant new book Learning to Breathe. It is her story into, and out of, the darkness of depression and how God can find us and rescue us even in the most desperate of places.
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Why one Pastor wrote some Biblical Meditations for people dealing with depression
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Book Review
book, meditations, bible
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A resource written for churches and the story behind it
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church, course
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Self care is a new buzz word and a great antidote to stress. But what is it and how do we do it?
self-care, stress, relaxation
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This week's Mental Health Awareness Week is all about stress - but why are we so stressed out?
stress, anxiety, worry, burnout, depression
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Rethinking perinatal mental health – reflections for mental health awareness week
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mother, maternal, perinatal, puerperal
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The male suicide crisis and coronation street
suicide, male, coronation street
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Other mentally ill people see me as I really am and there is no hiding! It is humbling but ultimately helpful...
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group, group therapy, therapy
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Jo is an Anglican Priest who experienced PTSD and is now helping others to lead well through their trauma
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We live in an age of stress, exhaustion and loneliness. Rates of anxiety and depression are higher than ever. Many people live in a perpetual state of ‘overdrive’, never feeling they have enough time.
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Shame And Disempowerment are core themes that can be addressed
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Insomnia is incredibly common. What do you do when sleep just won't come?
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sleep, anxiety, insomnia
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This Easter I was made redundant after a long period of mental ill health...
Media Type:   Testimony
easter, redundant, job
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How wonderful it would be if we could we follow Jesus in His compassion, and show acceptance, care and love.
Media Type:   Book Review
compassion, book review
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Is God up there and out of touch, or down here and out of ideas? Or is He neither - but in both places? What does the Easter story tell us about how to understand mental illness?
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easter, hope, praise
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Problem worry is a very painful and common issue. Sometimes well meant but poorly thought through advice fuels the issue. This articles helps you to go back to basics and make sure you are using the right approach to settle your troubled mind...
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This Extended Story describes Ruths journey and also offers some advice that has been helpful to her. Updated in 2018
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Testimony
Depression, testimonies
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I have lived with OCD for 21 years. Over that time it has tricked me, screamed at me, threatened to leave me, lied and twisted the truth, sulked for days on end, kept me awake fearing the future night after night after night. It has kept me prisoner...
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I developed an eating disorder when I was 13. No one told me how, and at the time I didn’t even know that it had a label. I was going through my puberty stage and had tons of emotions and feelings. I remember going to my dad and telling him...
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Do you find yourself thinking through the worst possible scenarios several times a day? Does anxiety grip you and the desire to check things are safe overwhelm you? Do you want to get your peace back? Time to challenge the cycle of catastrophizing...
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A study reported today has generated a lot of articles about antidepressant medications. But what is the truth about them? Here are our answers to the most common questions.
medication, depression, antidepressants, anxiety, faith, treatment
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A key element enabling her to cope with her illness for so long has been her very strong Christian faith
Media Type:   Book Review
book, nurse, depression
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It's #TimeToTalk about mental health in church! Here are 6 conversations we hear about a lot....
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time to change, time to talk, stigma
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Paul looks back on some of the odd things he did and though when unwell. Humour is a way of coping.
Media Type:   Article
Video
Testimony
humour, laughing, funny, delusions
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Information on some people and ministries that we have a relationship with
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associates, leadership
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Six free Bible Studies about mental health - developed by our partners at Livability
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bible, bible study, church, livability
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A moving and honest account of one family's experience of severe depression
depression, ECT, family, carers
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Planning changes is easy - but sticking to them is much harder! How do we make changes that last - especially when it comes to physical and emotional health?
change, exercise
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Dieting, overeating, family... This may sound like a recipie for disaster, but there are things that help
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dieting, food, eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, christmas, family
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Christmas is a time of incredible joy as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, at the same time the festivities themselves can cause real emotional turbulence. Suddenly the normal rhythm of life is overtaken with an array of impending challenges...
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How picture books can help children understand mental health issues
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children, books, book
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OCD can really get out of control during stressful periods. Help is available at Christmas time
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OCD, christmas, 12
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Are you planning your own talk on mental health and Christianity? Our ready-made slide set could help
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slides, powerpoint, talk, resource
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Does having a mental illness make you more likely to be violent towards others as the media suggests?
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I am an ordinary man who in my early 20’s made a decision, with my then girlfriend, to terminate our pregnancy.
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healing, abortion, PTSD, depression
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This book (kindle and paperback) covers a whole range of mental health issues facing students today.
Media Type:   Book Review
Fusion, students, Stuff of Life, our books, kindle
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Take the time to learn about the mental health journeys people have so you can understand them better...
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Self harm can become a vicious cycle - but recovery is possible. Hear Liz's story of life after self harm.
recovery, testimony, self harm
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Writing and filmmaking are therapeutic to Paul and help him cope with his schizophrenic illness
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Testimony
film, creative, creativity, writing, coping, schizophrenia
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Why do people find themselves caught up in self harm, and how do you get on the road to recovery?
self harm, recovery
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Some reflections for Black History Month from a psychiatrist of Nigerian descent
Media Type:   Article
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Are there any reasons to be more optimistic about mental health within the christian community?
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A practical and helpful course for your group. Do you have the skills?
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first aid, group
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A local group in Norwich - sharing everyday experiences of mental health
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voices, hearing voices, norwich, group, support
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A mental health journey through depression, anxiety, mania and psychosis working towards recovery
Media Type:   Testimony
mental health, recovery, light in the darkness, bipolar, adhd, ministry
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A poem about recovery from the wilderness of acute mental illness
Media Type:   Article
Testimony
poem, acute, psychosis
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We talk about suicide as a crime - perhaps even the unforgivable sin - but what does the Bible really say about suicide?
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A theology graduate is admitted to an acute psychiatry ward. And tried to make sense of it...
Media Type:   Article
Testimony
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Mindfulness is increasingly used in mental health settings. This article looks at the research and clinical practice
Media Type:   Article
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How can our chaotic, ordinary little Toddler Groups help in this fight for peace of mind and to address the silent poverty which can push parents to the very edge of coping? Could they be front line defence against depression and anxiety in young mums?
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Refugees and Asylum Seekers come to the UK for a number of reasons. They have particular mental health needs and churches are well placed to help
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refugee, asylum seeker, immigrant
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Healing is often prayer for, but what if you don't get healed? Mindfulness can help us understand the process.
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mindfulness, healing, chronic, prayer
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Psychosis and hearing voices are disturbing problems for both the sufferer and the person trying to help. Learn about causes and getting help
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psychosis, students, schizophrenia, demons, voices, voice-hearing
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All these unhelpful and unintended things have been said to people with mental health problems. Can we do better?
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Testimony
things to say, things not to say, stigma, community, friends, Depression
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Theos have published a new report on 'mental health and Christianity'. It asks 'what next?'
report, theos, church, future
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Trauma is a much misused word; it actually emanates from the Ancient Greek term meaning an injury...psychological trauma breaks through our normal defenses...
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Psychological fist aid is recommended and supported by the World Health Organisation, including special guidelines for children
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Following the tragic Grenfell fire - how do we process trauma, what helps with PTSD and how can the church respond?
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trauma, ptsd, terror, counselling, debriefing
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Do you find that you are more stressed with your phone or without it? Do you start your day with coffee or with emails? In a busy world managing your phone time can have a big impact upon your mental health...
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In all of the growing discussions, I hear little, if any, discussion about mental health as experienced by older people...
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In this 45 minute Q and A that took place at St Alban's Church, London, Will Van Der Hart tracks through the journey of MASF as well as addressing many of the issues facing Christians with Mental Health issues.
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Depression asks the believer to grapple, even wrestle with aspects of their faith. And sees growth.
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You are probably doing more than you think. We need many and varied approaches. Keep going!
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suicide, prevention
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Sometimes life with a mental illness can just be about getting through the day. But life with God is about more than survival.
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Mental health recovery is not a linear experience, take small steps every day. Expect hard days as well as good days and try to take a recovery view over months not weeks. Remember to be kind to yourself, recovery ins't a race!
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MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults.
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kids, families, CAMHS
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As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge encourage us to have conversations about mental health - how can the church help those struggling? Our very own Kate Middleton shares some thoughts.
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church, mental health, recovery
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A personal story of how faith and church has helped one person on the road to recovery from mental health problems
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church, healing, testimony, self harm, worship
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An inviting and safe environment to ‘just be’ express and explore ways to look after your own emotional well-being and mental health
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drama, drama therapy, express, promises, stuck, feel
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Can you praise God when you are suicidal? It is possible to move from thinking of killing yourself to thinking of worshipping the Almighty?
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suicide, poetry, hymns, praise, suicidal
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Moving on from a suicide attempt with the help of the Lord. The before, during and after.
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testimonies, suicide, depression
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This draft Pastoral Care Policy is for you to use, amend and inplement in your own pastoral setting.
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leaders, church, pastoral care, policy
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Rather than focus on illness, this course focusses on being happy - which is something you can work towards more than you might think
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2008 was not my year. I endured loss of a job, rape, and my first psychotic episode at Disney World, of all places! This is my story.
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