Mental health and kindness

Published on Tue, 19 May 2020 09:47
Vicar's Blog

 

Dear all 


This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, as you may know. It's fallen at the right time. We are hearing a lot about the increase in mental health challenges during the pandemic. 


As part of St John's  refocusing, we are trying to become very intentional about how we can help raise awareness and support for people who are experiencing poor mental health. Saul James, a member of the congregation, asked me to do an interview with him on 'kindness.' It's here. St John's features a lot. The interview lasts 19 minutes. Do listen! 


If you know anyone or if you yourself would like any kind of support or help - or if you would like to contribute to this daily e-mail for Mental Health Awareness Week - please get in touch. 


I'll keep the email short today. Just to remind you that our Ascension Day service (live-streamed from church) will be at 5pm on Thursday, using the normal link. We're not yet allowed to open the church to the congregation but I hope you will join us online. 


At the end of the interview Saul asks me what I advice I would give to people about 'self-kindness'. I encourage people to be gentle with themselves. So my prayer for you all today is that you will be gentle with yourselves; switch off the computer: rest: go for a walk: enjoy the spring. 


With my love


Giles 

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