If the picture is still, then your calm,
if the picture is moving slowly, your stressed.
If the picture is spinning, your extremely stressed and need to take urgent action!
People where shunned if they openly admitted it.
Yet, and here’s the big statistic, 1 in 4 adults are suffering from an issue with mental health, the most common is depression and anxiety.
What’s even more destressing is one in three children are suffering too!
The speed our society has changed and become more technologically advanced it seems, the more problems we have with our mental health!
I am not saying the internet is bad, or that phones are are the devil in disguise, but I am saying that we are a country that works the longest hours, and our society has forgotten how to be happy, We have forgotten how to make relationships and sadly loneliness is one of the biggest problems in the UK.
So what as a church are we doing about it?
Well two things.
Every Monday we hold APlace2B from 11:30 -2pm. Where you can have a one to one, or just sit and make friends with people.
We have crafts and games and we also have food, all for free and just a donation. We often have police doing a surgery or a local councillor, offering support and advice. We sometimes get the Mental health support team and once a month we have the learning bus, which offers help with switching, phones, and benefits, to finding a job and computer support. We can refer you to our pastoral care team, and I am always happy to help where I can.
The second is -we are holding our Mindfulness course which begins May 1st. 2019. 6:30-9pm. Come and learn how to do Mindfulness and how the benefits of doing this ancient practice are helping millions to take control of anxiety, stress and depression and put a plan into process. The course is free and registration is through Alt Valley Communiversity or via Rev Laura. The course needs 10 people to run and be viable. So if your wondering what it’s all about, or you maybe you have been thinking about this for a while, or even just want to refresh your skills come and join the course. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Being creative can also help, so here’s my heart painted for the people of St Cuthberts and Croxteth Park today. Like many hearts it’s a bit scarred but with Gods love and grace, I hope it’s one that you will find a connection with.
Let me know if the picture moves, or if you want to join the mindfulness course or wish for more information around APlace2B. Happy to help.