Ten tips to support someone struggling with their mental health

1. Ask how they are feeling Often when people are experiencing difficulty, others know about it, but say nothing. This simple question communicates care. 2. Listen to what they say Put your phone away and put your focus completely upon the other person. Let them tell you how it is and use non-verbal cues to […]

Listening

Tip #6 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” – James 1:19 “To answer before listening – that is folly and shame.” – Proverbs 18:13 When was the last time […]

Prayer

Tip #5 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8 “Pray continually…”1 Thessalonians 5:17 “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”James 5:16 Charles Spurgeon, a famous 19th Century English preacher, had a basement below his church where people could […]

Thankfulness

Tip #4 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, His love endures forever.”Psalm 136:1 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “…rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the […]

Kindness

Tip #3 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” Kindness  Being kind is at the very heart of God’s character. Chesed, the Hebrew word for steadfast love or lovingkindness, is a rich word which our English language struggles to translate.  Kindness is one word that captures what God is like.  Being kind is doing something for another […]

Delighting in God and His Word

Tip #1 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” Have you ever noticed this verse, “Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4) and wondered what this looks like? Delight means experiencing “a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment, joy, rapture, something that gives great pleasure”.  The things we delight in seem to easily […]

Mental health: what Christian faith can offer

Like every aspect of our lives, our minds suffer the ill-effects of living in a fallen, broken world. All of us experience challenges to our mental health; nearly one in two of us will suffer a diagnosable mental health disorder at some stage in our lives. Increasingly, our society is recognising these concerns and talking […]