The anxious middle

The Bishop of London has been quoted today observing that it is okay to be anxious at the moment, we are still in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic and there is a real possibility of a second wave striking.  The heart of her argument is that well-worn phrase “It’s okay to not be okay”Continue reading “The anxious middle”

Amazing Grace and the spiritual dimension to depression

One of the helpful things for many of us during lockdown has been hearing different people courageously talk about their experience of depression.  Depression describes an experience that affects how we feel physically (e.g. loss of appetite, feeling tired and restless), emotionally (deep sadness) and relationally (tendency towards isolation).  Here, is Sam Harms who isContinue reading “Amazing Grace and the spiritual dimension to depression”

When God doesn’t heal (Will God heal me part 2)

This is part two in our look at the question “Will God heal me?”  You can find the first discussion here. What do we do when we long for healing, have prayed for healing and it doesn’t seem to happen?  Here are some notes from the discussion which you can watch below. This can beContinue reading “When God doesn’t heal (Will God heal me part 2)”

Facing Depression (The videos)

A lot of people struggle with emotional health issues. There is a good chance that either you or someone close to you has, or is going to face depression at some point.  I wanted to share some helps for those who are either struggling with anxiety depression or are walking with someone who is depressed.Continue reading “Facing Depression (The videos)”

Resources for facing depression

In this post I wanted to provide a quick round up of suggested resources for people struggling with emotional health issues. Because as I mentioned here, depression and emotional health is multi-faceted, you will want to look at a range of helps responding to both the spiritual and physical dynamics involved. I will also tryContinue reading “Resources for facing depression”

Three Types of Depression

In our morning prayer, Psalm reflections, I recently commented that the Psalmists often express experiences that seem to give voice to the experience of those experiencing depression. This can include sadness leading to tears, deep heartache and longing and insomnia. I took  a little bit of time to describe the three types of depression thatContinue reading “Three Types of Depression”

Anxiety in a Time of Coronavirus

For those struggling with anxiety, the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will be a particularly challenging time.  Here, we wanted to share some thoughts and advice that we hope you will find helpful. First of all, just as if you were suffering from physical symptoms of illness, we would encourage you to seek appropriateContinue reading “Anxiety in a Time of Coronavirus”

“I trace the rainbow through the rain” Anxiety, Depression and Burnout

It’s a busy Sunday morning at the end of a busy week, I’ve preached twice, tried to resolve some technical hitches and followed all that up with a pastoral conversation.  Then I find myself sitting in the church lounge sobbing thinking “I can’t go on anymore.”  A conversation with another elder who just happens toContinue reading ““I trace the rainbow through the rain” Anxiety, Depression and Burnout”