It may feel like a cliché but it’s pretty clear that in the years to come historians will study this time we are living in now to see how different countries and communities responded to the various concerns that are currently making waves: Covid-19; the responses of people all over the world to the call… Continue reading Sanctuary and Sabbath – youth work in 2020
Last week was so hard, there was so much emotion washing through my head and heart. From the joy of my youngest turning 11 and the remembrance of the start of his life to the sadness of losing a member of my wider family on the same day and the stress and anxiety brought on… Continue reading Week 8 – the hardest one yet!
This phrase, that began life as the title of a self-help book more than 30 years ago, and has spawned a whole industry of its own, is particularly relevant for me this week as various things have collided together making me more anxious than I would have been previously about going on holiday. I recognise… Continue reading Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
If you are a Christian parent of teenagers then chances are you’re looking for a good resource you can share with them that will help them to understand more about faith and life. You might have seen that I recently critiqued a book that I very definitely do not recommend you give to your teenager… Continue reading Teenagers and Faith – what do they need to know?
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
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
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
A basic human need is connection with others This is unfinished and a little raw/unedited so bear with me, I am trying to get back into writing by taking every opportunity to write when the urge takes me! I’ve been reflecting on the nature of family this week in particular as we attended the funeral… Continue reading Family Ties