Really, how are you?
I wonder how you respond when someone asks you this question. Do you respond with a quick ‘fine, thanks’ and move swiftly on to another topic whether or not you are feeling okay? Is there an imbalance in your life between anxiety and joy? Talking with family and friends can often help alleviate difficult feelings, but for some people painful feelings can seem so bad that they need professional help even to broach them with another human being. Do your feelings unsettle you, would you like to bring them to God, spend time in his presence and allow him to speak to you but don’t know how to get started? Perhaps you relate to the Psalmist’s angst (Psalm 102): “Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come unto you. Do not hide your face from me on the day of my distress...”
The Social Justice Team at Emmanuel sees a need for Christians to have a focus on Mental Heath across a wide spectrum from mild anxiety through to severe depression, to understand the effects of loneliness and dementia and help us towards a better understanding of where we are in our own mental health so as to help others who may be struggling. To this end we ran ‘Think Twice’ courses in 2016 and continue to highlight resources that can help us be sensitive and responsive to others. One such resource is the upcoming National Mindfulness Day for Christians. It is being sponsored by the Association of Christian Counsellors with excellent speakers, including Rev. Will Van der Hart and Dr Rob Waller of ‘Premier Radio’s Mind and Soul. It takes place locally at St Paul’s Ealing, Ridley Avenue, Ealing, W13 9XW, on Saturday 12 May 9.30am–5 pm. There is a small charge for attendance but it is a great opportunity to build your knowledge, confidence and helpfulness in this area. I will be there, will you?
- Chris Williams
Posted on Monday, 16th April 2018