Covid19, Emotional Resilience, emotions, Life, Life in general, Mental health, Stay At Home, Stress

Week 8 – the hardest one yet!

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!

Life in general

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

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

Life in general

Teenagers and Faith – what do they need to know?

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?

emotions, Life, Mental health, World Mental Health Day

Suicide Prevention – 7 things to do

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

Life, Mental health, Youth work

World Mental Health Day 2019 Suicide Prevention

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

emotions, Mental health

Mental Health: What to Say and What Not To Say

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

Church, faith, Life, Mental health, Personal

Radio Silence – Static – Silence

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

Emotional Resilience, Mental health, Thankfulness, Training, Youth work

5 Ways to Help our Young People Find Happiness

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

Emotional Resilience, faith, Friends and family, Life, Life in general, Mental health

Family Ties

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

faith, Life in general, Mental health, Spiritual Disciplines, Youth work

Sanctuary, Justice and the Practice of Sabbath

On Friday I was at the ‘God in the Concrete’ gathering of Think Tanks, this was a gathering of many people who are passionate about changing the world, “with coffee and cake” as one of the presentations put it, for our young people. We were challenged to recognise our power and privilege as mainly white… Continue reading Sanctuary, Justice and the Practice of Sabbath