We first released this page of resources for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, and are so praying that you would continue to be blessed by it. The More Precious Team x
Ever since we launched in 2013, our vision has been to equip and inspire everyday girls in their everyday relationship with Jesus. Having shared hundreds of testimonies over the years, this isn't the first time we've battled with the issue of mental health - and it certainly won't be the last. More than ever, we are passionately committed to raising a generation of bold and brave Christian girls who are not afraid to join the conversation around mental illness whilst trusting in a sovereign Saviour. So: this past year, we have worked hard to produce new resources in this field, and have partnered with expert organisations such as the Mental Health Foundation, Mind and CCEF to ensure we do this in an honouring and sensitive way.
NB: All content has been proofed & approved by a mental health expert or professional.
As we've established this week, mental health is a spectrum that we're all on, and move up and down throughout our lives. So we asked how you define 'good' mental health. How is it more than the absence of 'bad' mental health? We then asked how you maintain it! What little daily things, and big spiritual things, do you do to keep your head above water day to day? This is what you said...
Sometimes changes in circumstances or environment can affect our mental health and give us new challenges. When we're feeling shaky, what does it mean to say with confidence that we will not be overwhelmed? Lucy writes on anxiety and a steadfast God.
Today's post is special. We always think mental health will never happen to us... that our world will never be shattered by the kind of problems 'other people' face. We certainly never expect it to happen to our mums. This testimony gives us a glimpse into the intimate and relentless invasion depression and anxiety can have right inside our own homes.
We interview Kitty about her experience working for Mind, the mental health charity - and her experiences of how she believes it is best to equip and support those struggling with mental health challenges. Soak up her wisdom!
Today we are gifted with some wisdom from someone who has lived, prayed, cried, and persevered with many who have faced difficulties all along the spectrum of mental health. Most importantly, Beth shows us in Scripture how we can stop ourselves from being overwhelmed by the pain in those we love.
This post is particularly special for me, because it's written by my very own Mum!
This post seeks to equip us even further, as we strive to grow into supportive, informed and wise friends to people suffering with mental health problems of all stages.
This article is the first half of a post addressing some of the approaches we can often take when talking to someone facing mental health challenges that can potentially be unhelpful - even if we didn't intend for them to be that way. Get ready to be equipped!
Sarah reflects on how God is in control of our lives and how secure we can be in this amazing truth. More importantly, she discusses how we should never compare ourselves to others or to the standards of society, because we are God’s children and we are loved for who we are, not who we think we should be.
Today, Vicky lets us into her life and how she has learnt to find God in the times of paralysing anxiety and overwhelming fear. Take some time today to learn with Vicky how anxiety can be one our greatest struggles, but also a rich soil for growth in the gospel of grace - the kind of grace that turns weakness into glory.
We're continuing our series on being loving sisters, daughters, mothers and friends by sharing some more ideas of helpful things you could say when moving towards a brother or sister in Christ.
I'm not sure I need to kick this week off by saying that the topic of mental health can leave most of us awkward, nervous and temporarily mute. So perhaps it is best to start this series with a few of the ways we can begin aspiring to the Christ-like love to which we are called.
This series will focus on the different ways mental illness can play out in the lives of the individual, the friends or family, and most importantly, the faith of those affected. We're focusing on the spectrum of mental health. Each and every one of us is on this spectrum, and we will continue to move up and down it for our entire lives. The articles are designed to encourage you and embolden you in the strength of Christ to approach your friends with love and grace, knowing that the God of all comfort goes before you.
Passionate about equipping a generation to be confident and equipped about mental health, we've released a new set of resources to guide discussion in a mentoring or small group setting. Our study guides each have supporting blog posts and cover a wide range of mental health issues. Our prayer is that you would be pointed to the redeeming power of Jesus in all situations through them.
Mind. Call: 0300 123 3393, email: [email protected] or text 86463
The Mix. Call: 0808 808 4994 or visit themix.org.uk for the free app
YoungMinds. Call: 0808 802 5544 or visit youngminds.org.uk/parentshelpline