Supporting Good Mental Health
The Bible often refers to the 'broken hearted' (e.g. Isaiah 61.1). Each one of us lives in a broken, fallen world (Genesis 3) and we are all impacted by this spiritually, physically and mentally.
Our Mental Health, whether we perceive it to be good or bad, is usually the result of a combination of many factors, including family environment, biology, personality, spirituality, trauma, and challenging community contexts. These affect us all in different ways and at St Elizabeth's we want to provide all the help we can to support each other through matters related to Mental Health.
Sometimes helping each other may mean recommending someone to contact a Counsellor and/or medical help. It will always mean us as a fellowship of Christians being a community where everyone can find safety and help in times of acute need.
We hope this webpage will be an entry point for all to learn more about Mental Health. There is no substitute for drawing on the support and care of a local church and its leadership. But more specifically we hope it will help anyone who is looking for immediate, specialist help. Please do not hesitate to contact us personally to discuss this further.
Below are some suggestions for anyone looking for help and some resources to help us understand more a Christian perspective on Mental Health:
Talk about how you feel. Please feel free to speak to a member of the staff team.
Read Up. For some excellent books on various aspects of Mental Health, from a Christian perspective please CLICK HERE.
Seek advice. If necessary, please seek the advice of your GP.
Speak with a counsellor. If you would like to speak with a Counsellor we would recommend contacting Christian Guidelines. This is a Christian Charity providing counselling from their base in Bangor. To download an excellent article, by Biblical Counselling UK, on finding a good counsellor CLICK HERE.
In an emergency, call 0808 808 8000 or visit Lifeline Helpline.
"Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Christ Jesus