- Stella Collishaw is the lead on community and mental health and links with local networks on behalf of the Diocese.
- National resource 'Promoting mental health' see below.
- Quiet Days are a resource that can protect or improve wellbeing. Participants can simply make space from the busy pace and pressure of life and are supported by a spiritual leader. Take time to reflect and step outside of usual routine. Look up Local opportunities run in house and by other organisations. If you want to run a quiet day why not go to the next Learning in faith course on 'How to plan a Quiet Day'.
- Insight on wellbeing from the New Economics Foundation '5 ways to wellbeing' is in the paragraph below. This scheme is widely adopted.
- If you cannot take the time for a quiet day why not take a moment to slow down, be still, notice how you are feeling, listen to your breathing. Shut off the 'to do' list for a few minutes, sense with your spirit, find a prayer-like space without words, remain here for a few moments, and sense the presence of God. You may choose to pray with us today livestream or pray or use this prayer
God of Compassion,
You meant us to be both fragile and ordinary.
Silence the voices that say we are not good enough,
Haven’t achieved enough,
Haven’t enough to show for our lives,
That we are not enough.
Help us to know that we are treasure,
We are prized,
We are cherished,
We are loved.
So be with us in our corrugations of feeling:
When our hearts are in downward freefall, be with us
When our minds race with anxiety, be with us
When our throats close in fear, be with us
When sleep will not come, be with us
When waking hurts, be with us.
In the name of Jesus,
Who knew trauma, abuse, despair and abandonment
And has nothing but love for us,
with permission by Alison Webster, Oxford Diocese