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.

Mental Health matters are 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 matters. 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
     

  • Join us for 'An Evening on Pastoral Care and Mental Health' with Christian Psychiatrist & Counsellor Andrew Collins. Wednesday 29th September 2021 in St Elizabeth's Church (More details to follow).
     

  • Check out some of the fantastic resources from the Christian Counselling & Education Foundation (including podcasts, blogposts, books, minibooks, audio and videos etc) and Biblical Counselling UK
     

  • Read Up. For some excellement books on various Mental Health Matters 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 - Matthew 11.28-29