Helping those with anxiety and depression..

By April 30, 2020 Blog

The Gospel Coalition have just published an article of mine: How to care for friends with anxiety and depression. See the whole article here. For the practical section, these are my headings… Get them talking (Prov. 20:5). Check on their self-care (1 Tim. 6:8). Break down their worries (Luke 12:32). Break down their tasks (Matt. 6:34). Help them build new routines (Prov. 15:22). Make a “coping bank” with them (Rev. 2:4–5). Don’t offer false reassurance (Jer. 6:14). Ask about their …Read More

Wrestling with God

By April 24, 2020 Blog

I’m learning more about myself during lockdown; but it’s not been a pleasant process. I have not discovered a fresh inner resilience or positivity; compassion; creativity or peace. I haven’t learned a new language. I haven’t gotten fit and I haven’t been wrestling with the weeds. I have however, been wrestling with God. I started bargaining with him a few weeks ago. ‘Dear God,’ I said, ‘I can deal with the scary headlines. As long as I can still hug …Read More

Facing the Day: Guest Post

By April 15, 2020 Blog

Here’s a wonderful guest post from Rachel Lane. In it she talks about keeping on, even when your mental health is wobbling. (Rachel is the author of a great wee book on depression, aimed at teenagers – and to be published soon. Rachel, please keep us posted!) She writes; I don’t know about you, but some mornings I don’t feel much like getting out of bed at the moment. Sometimes just the prospect of facing another day in lockdown seems …Read More

Easter hope: Guest video

By April 9, 2020 Blog

I’ve been really encouraged by Chloe’s words today – and am thrilled she’s sharing them with you too. She writes; Hi, my name is Chloe Ellis. In January 2017 I had a grade 3 brain tumour removed. This has altered my life. By the grace of God I am still here and delighted that God works both despite and through my weakness. Here’s my message of hope for you this Easter season… Image source Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestStumbleUponDiggemail

Podcast: Fighting Fear (Covid-19 and Mental Health)

By April 4, 2020 Blog

Everyone is working from home — the Scriveners included. Glen and I have recorded a podcast, thinking personally about mental health and Covid-19. We chat about my history, how this feeds into present fears; and how Jesus makes a difference. DOWNLOAD HERE SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST HERE Image source Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestStumbleUponDiggemail