Supporting good mental health

The effects of mental health problems on both sufferers and those who care are huge. Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems have been affected by stigma and discrimination.

Churches provide space for individuals, as well as their families, friends and loved ones, and seek to be places that welcome, support, involve and reach out to them and indeed to all, and share the love and welcome of Jesus Christ for all times of life. 

Watch our short videos about real experiences of faith and mental health

Les speaks about being diagnosed with bipolar and the positive impact of being invited to join a local church community.

Rachel talks about how an eating disorder affected her life.

Read through our ten daily reflections below

Written by Professor Chris Cook and accompanied by "have a go" habits developed by Ruth Rice, the themed reflections can be used at any point throughout the year. 

If you want to speak to someone, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website, which has lots of helpful resources and contacts.

  1. A lady praying with her eyes closed and hands grasped together.

    Day one - How are you?

    Have you ever found yourself not knowing what to say when someone cheerily said “How are you?”

  2. A person checking the time on their Apple Watch.

    Day two - Time well spent

    What is the passion in your life? Do you spend a lot of time wishing you could do something else?

  3. A boy sitting on the floor looking up at a group of adults in black and white.

    Day three - Switching focus

    Life sometimes feels like one long to-do list.

  4. A splash of water.

    Day four - Hearing voices

    Where did that thought come from?!

  5. A solitary tree standing in a field.

    Day five - Eat, rest, sleep

    Have you ever been busy at work – or at home – and, having got through it all, then found the anti-climax afterwards even harder to deal with?

  6. A wooden block with the word 'bless' written on it.

    Day six - Blessed are those who mourn

    "Count your blessings" is one of those unhelpful things that people say when they really mean "You shouldn’t feel the way you do".

  7. A person's hands held together as they rest their arms on a balcony.

    Day seven - Worry

    “Don’t worry!” Easy to say, and hard to do.

  8. A man stands a fork in a path in the middle of the woods.

    Day eight - The divided self

    Have you ever said, “I’m in two minds about that!”?

  9. Two hands holding a buttercup flower.

    Day nine - Forgiveness

    How do I forgive? How can I let go? We often hear that forgiveness is good for you.

  10. A heart traced out by sparklers in bright pink.

    Day ten - Love

    What does love look like?