If you have ever struggled with suicidal thoughts or ideas this might be difficult for you to read. Keep yourself safe, let others read it on your behalf. It can feel like a big responsibility to look after our friends and family who are struggling with their mental health. We might be worried about what… Continue reading Suicide Prevention – 7 things to do
The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, there are many awful statistics around young people dying by suicide: it the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds globally. Every suicide is tragic and has lasting impact on the friends and family of those left behind. Something needs to… Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2019 Suicide Prevention
I often get my inspiration from song titles or sayings that relate to the different seasons I’m writing about e.g. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, or I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, or It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, okay so maybe this is not going to work as it usually does.
Things have been quiet on this blog recently because I’ve been writing a book and fighting metaphorical fires. The book is on Mental Health and Young People in the Church and in the course of writing it I realised that what I needed was some reflection from young people themselves, about their own mental health.… Continue reading Radio Silence – Static – Silence
What might Paul have written about love in the social media age? A tongue in cheek take!
Gratitude is an important weapon in the fight against all kinds of dis-eases of the mind. Being thankful and expressing it regularly genuinely retrains our neural pathways and gives us a more positive mindset which in turn enables us to have more resilience to weather the storms in our minds. So, if this is our… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help our Young People Find Happiness
Our brains are amazing, most of the time! Until they begin to get stuck in the same mode, dishing out hormonal responses to things that are not actually happening, for example for someone who has an anxiety disorder. For the anxiety sufferer the brain is working against them, sending their bodies into the wrong responses… Continue reading Anxiety and All the Feels
If you’re working with young people it’s likely that you’ll be working unusual hours. The life of 9 to 5 is not your experience! Maybe you are a volunteer who does youth work on top of a 9 to 5 job, in which case, we salute you. You are worth your weight in gold! If… Continue reading 5 Tips for Managing Your Time
I read Rachel Held Evans' book Inspired recently and was again, along with Searching for Sunday which I read a couple of years ago, inspired and encouraged by her writing. In particular the concept of story-telling helping us to know our place in the world, to understand our family traditions and have a context for… Continue reading Telling The Story
How awful it is to have to bow to the pain and discomfort I have in my body. I ask these questions of myself and God: how long is this going to last this time around? How many appointments will I need to cancel – both the necessary and the delightful? How do I continue… Continue reading An Ode to a Life in Pain