Mental Health

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On Friday the 12th of January we had Sally Campbell from Above Bar Church come and talk to us about Mental Health and how we, as Christians, can respond and help others.

It wasn’t meant to be like this.

Brokenness wasn’t meant to be a part of this world.

Jesus came and brought our world back with God so that we can know the comfort and power of him. The Bible is full of God using broken imperfect people to achieve his aims. In our weakness God is strong and perfect.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9, describes how hard life can sometimes be; “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.” Yet we don’t need to despair because we have the hope on our side that God is with us in those times of darkness. This is something that we can pray in our times of difficulty, that God will be with us and that we trust that he is going before us, even if we are not well enough to recognise it at the time.

In times of trouble we can be reminded of the troubles that the Psalmist had in Psalm 121:1, which reads, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and Earth”. Sally reminded us to keep praying for those who are unwell, and that what we regard as weaknesses are actually opportunities for God to reveal his perfect plan.

Practical strategies to help ourselves when we are unwell

Change your expectations of yourself. This means not expecting yourself to be perfect, or happy all of the time. It’s OK not to be OK!
Be honest with yourself, and other people- when people don’t know what’s wrong it’s difficult for them to know that you need help.
Remember what is true. Below are some very important truths that we can always remind ourselves of.

Truths

You are a child of God (Galatians 3:26)
Your identity is in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:16)
God is in control (Isaiah 41:10)
Christ died so that you can be in relationship with God (John 14:6)
There is an even better life to come (Revelation 21:4)

Practical ways that we can use to help each other when we are not 100%

God does heal and that he can move mountains! (Matthew 19:26)
The Struggle is for our good (Romans 8: 28)
We have a far better life to come in Heaven (Revelation 21:4)
Therefore, in whatever way we might be struggling, whether it be through a mental health issue or a difficult time, meditate on these truths. You are not alone in this. God is with you and he is using it for a bigger purpose however far away or distant that might feel. Remember you are redeemed through Christ and that is not reliant on your mental strength, but has already been settled by an all-powerful God. Don’t be afraid to talk to others about your struggles, they are not to be ashamed off. Let us draw together as a community who are open about the difficulties we are facing so that we can better support each other and watch God do his thing!