Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in the midst of COVID-19
Mental health is a topic we care about immensely at Cinnamon. We’ve often heard it said that loneliness is a key contributor to poor mental health. As we have all been asked to “lock down”, here are some key ways churches can support good mental health.
Ruth Rice runs Renew Wellbeing, a charity that helps churches to open spaces of welcome and inclusion in partnership with mental health teams to improve mental and emotional wellbeing. She shares some ideas of how we can continue to attend to our wellbeing and be present, prayerful and in partnership, even though we can’t physically be together.
Other tools that might be helpful for you or anyone who you who is struggling with their mental health at this time.
- Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries have developed The Sanctuary Coursefor anyone who wants to explore issues of faith and mental health. For the next month, the course is available for free.
- Mind, the mental health charity, have produced some really practical tips that will help you to stay safe while supporting your mental health online.
- The BBC also has some useful pointers to help you to effectively navigate the barrage of news, rumour and hearsay, that is inevitably swirling around.
- The Mental Health Foundation have some great really practical advice to help individuals who are struggling with anxiety.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30