I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done - Psalm 143:5.
Mental health Awareness week runs from Monday 15 – Sunday 21 May this year. Its primary theme is anxiety. Visit our helpful online resources* for personal or group reflection as well as Waverley’s Insight into Anxiety, part of a series of insightful books on issues surrounding personal Wellbeing. Your EDWJ reflections address this theme throughout May, whilst in June Andy Peck encourages us with his reflections on the topics of the Prodigal Son, relationships and more.
At Waverley Abbey College we have worked tirelessly for over thirty-five years to educate on the impact of mental health, intertwining our educational approach with spiritual understanding and growth. We have also developed what are internationally recognised Higher Education degrees in Counselling. Indeed, there are currently hundreds of former students who work on the frontline, providing the practical support and encouragement counselling brings. Today, working in partnership with Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, we continue to invest in fresh resources to respond to the increasing challenge personal mental health presents throughout our society. You can find out more about how Sanctuary can help churches at sanctuarymentalhealth.org. We are delighted that Sanctuary Ambassador Reverend John Swinton, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen, has contributed to our notes for 15–21 May. He has also published widely on issues of mental health, dementia, disability theology, spirituality and healthcare.
If you want to respond to the challenge within your community as a spiritual first responder, consider our online Contemporary Chaplaincy Course (with two study options available) or our Diploma in Counselling. You can discover more in an online webinar or through our online virtual Open Day. Visit waverleyabbeycollege.ac.uk to find out more.
The Prophet Jonah, like many of us, experienced a real crisis in his life (Jonah 2:5-7). Let’s ponder his words as we continue to learn how to live Every Day with Jesus: “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you.”
Every blessing, Dr Micha Jazz – Head of Waverley Abbey Ministries