Mental health and social media

By May 10, 2017 Blog

Sometimes I’m asked about social media – is it good or bad?  Does it cause issues like eating disorders and self-harm, or is it a lifeline for the lonely? That’s a bit like asking, “is a knife a good thing?” Sure. It can cut me a slice of cake, which is good. But – it can also stab me through the heart – not so good. So let’s look at ten double-edged blessings of the online world…   1. It amplifies my voice when …Read More

Interview with TWR

By April 26, 2017 Blog

I did an interview with TWR which aired on Sunday. If you fancy a listen, click below: Image source Share…

Christianity is for the Mentally Ill

By September 26, 2016 Blog

Can I be a Christian and have mental health issues? YES. Jesus comes for everyone. But more than this, Jesus can be especially attractive to those of us who struggle in this way. Here’s why.. 1.     Jesus comes for the sick.  Time and time again, He reaches out to all those who know themselves to be weak…weak in body, weak in spirit, weak in mind.  He goes to those who cut themselves off from others and harm themselves; whether promiscuity (the woman at …Read More

Marriage and Mental Health

By September 5, 2016 Blog

What do you do when you’re married to someone with mental health problems? Chronic depression. Crippling anxiety. OCD. Eating disorders. Dementia. Addiction. You’re knackered. You feel like you’re on your own. You’ve lost sight of who they are – and who you are too. You married a partner, a companion and a helper – but now, you’re a carer. You said you’d raise a family; but you’re parenting alone. Even your friends have stopped calling. You’ve tried explaining. And apologising. …Read More

Sunday slot

By August 3, 2016 Blog

Sorry there’s no blog this week – we’re in Keswick, enjoying the lovely lakes!  As part of the week I gave a 4 minute testimony, and it’s airing along with a fab sermon (and some rousing hymns) on Radio 4, this Sunday. If you fancy listening, (and even better, praying since it’ll go out to many people), then go here. Thank-you!   Share…

In It Together

By July 21, 2016 Blog

Sometimes I look at other Christians and think, “you guys have got it together; but I’m a mess. Your problems are fix-able; mine are too much!” This is not the truth and it’s not the shape of gospel community.  In real community, we carry one another and we share our mutual struggles.   You’re not the fixer and I’m not a project. You’re not “fine” and I’m not “a mess.” We have different struggles and at different points we might need extra …Read More

Dying for help

By May 30, 2016 Blog

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder and you go to your GP, you’re doing something enormously brave. You’re making yourself vulnerable. You’re sticking two fingers up to an addiction that can kill. You’re saying no to a host of voices that tell you, “you’re not sick enough, you don’t deserve any help.” The last thing you need to hear from your GP are the same words. “I’m sorry, but you’re not ill enough to qualify for treatment.” Sadly, this is …Read More

Caught in a Cult

By April 25, 2016 Blog

About fourteen years ago I was involved in a cult. I didn’t realise it. It felt like the truth. And it felt lovely – until I tried to leave. I’d moved to London and was just getting settled.  One day, a girl of about my age approached me on the tube. She was warm and friendly and we chatted about life.  “I’m a Christian,” she said.  I smiled, “me too!” She asked about the church I was going to, and talked about hers. …Read More

The Problem with Positive Thinking

By June 17, 2015 Blog

I’m not sold on the power of positive thinking. In fact, when taken to extremes, I reckon it’s positively dangerous. When someone is sick and doesn’t get better, the last thing they need is someone telling them to fight harder. Those who recover from, say, cancer and those who don’t, are not separated by whether or not they really ‘battled this thing’. Everyone ‘fights’ – but there are some things that a positive mental attitude cannot defeat. And if you tell someone struggling with …Read More

Plans: Guest Post

By May 27, 2015 Blog

Thanks so much to Lucy, for sharing her experiences in this guest post.. “I’ve always been a coper. Independent, in control. Having grown up in a Christian home, I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t a Christian, but I always thought I was the one in the driving seat, with God just calling out directions every now and then, which I could choose to follow – or ignore. That all changed when I fell apart. It began about …Read More