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.
There are more young people than ever struggling with their mental health, it can be difficult to know how to handle this when they are your loved one so here’s a handy guide of what you could say and what you should avoid saying. Don’t say ‘Oh everyone does that, I get that/have that’ If… Continue reading Mental Health: What to Say and What Not To Say
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!
This morning (Thurs 16th May 2019) I was on Premier Christian Radio talking about exam pressure and how to support our young people as parents. I didn’t have long to prepare or long to talk so I wrote some notes and only got through some of what I wanted to say, which is all fine!… Continue reading Young People and Exam Pressure
I’ve read a lot recently about loneliness and the impact it has on people, about the toxicity of individualism and a success driven society, especially where that success is defined by the accumulation of wealth, stuff, followers or influence. How have we got ourselves into this mess? Tempting as it is to look back at… Continue reading Loneliness – the battle of our time
This is a companion piece to The Importance of Grief which I wrote about on Friday – you can read that here On this Easter Sunday my timelines on social media are full of posts about Easter and Jesus, in church this morning there were no empty spaces in the pews as so many people… Continue reading An Anatomy Hope
We ought to look at grief like a chronic illness, one that arrives without being invited and then never leaves us but changes how we live profoundly and completely.