Category: Mental Health

May 25, 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many healthcare workers morally wounded — here’s how we might care for them

Andrew Sloane explains that as we return in a general sense to our new "normal" after the pandemic, for many healthcare workers the transition is not so simple and indeed is proving to be a traumatic process. "The term “moral injury” was developed in military contexts to help clinicians understand the experience of veterans of […]

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April 27, 2023
The Power of Self-Care and Mindset Mastery for Leaders

Valerie Ling provides a reminder that stresses and challenges faced by leaders may be eased with an awareness of the need to factor in self-care... "Self-care, self-reflection, and mindset mastery are critical for leadership success. By taking the time to care for yourself, reflect on your thoughts and feelings, and master your mindset, you can […]

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March 28, 2023
Struggling in Your Faith? Isolation Isn’t the Answer

A thoughtful and encouraging article reminding us that wherever we are in our journey of faith, the Church family is where we meet with our gracious God. "The hardest thing for struggling Christians to recognize is that church is exactly the community they need. So often, they feel it isn’t. Church, they tell themselves, is […]

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March 25, 2023
Dementia

As a registered mental health nurse, Professor John Swinton, noted how worship practices stimulated dementia patients. Fascinated by this, his interest in understanding more about dementia grew. In his work as a chaplain some big questions and thoughts arose. "What does it mean to know God when you have forgotten who God is?" "He or […]

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March 6, 2023
Lament in the Time of Layoffs

It is important to recognise that life will bring us times of lament. We can stand with others through such experiences in a world where emotions are often felt but not easily expressed. "Avoiding lament contributes to a culture that doesn’t know what to do with grief, pain, and loss—all painful realities that will be […]

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March 6, 2023
When Life Doesn’t Go to Plan

Presenter and author Sheridan Voysey speaks of longing and disappointment but suggests that may be part of a reorientation of our plans. "There’s a wonderful proverb: Hope deferred makes the heart sick. And gosh, we now know that when that hope is deferred and deferred and deferred, and another month and another month and another […]

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March 6, 2023
Remote Working Has Made Developing Relationships With Colleagues Harder --Here's What Workers and Bosses Need Right Now

The authors note the changes that the global pandemic has brought to the workplace, and observe that hybrid working environments have created challenges for employee culture, career paths, mentoring and general wellbeing. From their research they bring useful pointers to help orientate organisations to new demographics and workplace relationships. "How should leaders relate to, and […]

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February 27, 2023
5 Ways to Create a Compassionate Workplace Culture and Help Workers Recover From Burnout

A helpful article with clear explanations and practical suggestions to address an issue which affects many. "The emotions of sympathy, empathy and compassion play an important role in developing a compassionate work culture, by helping us pay attention, in professionally appropriate ways, to the suffering of our students, patients, clients, colleagues, managers and leaders." https://theconversation.com/5-ways-to-create-a-compassionate-workplace-culture-and-help-workers-recover-from-burnout-190489 […]

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February 22, 2023
Finding Joy in a Job You Don't Like

An encouraging discussion unfolds in this short podcast which helps to reframe the way in which we might view work and its place in our life. "There’s some magic that turns the work you do every day for a paycheck into something more, something that you actually enjoy, but how do you spark that magic? […]

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February 8, 2023
Endurance in Ministry Through Family Systems 

An honest but encouraging and helpful discussion about the challenges of ministry work and relationships with others... Image: Photo by Jackson Simmer on Unsplash

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February 8, 2023
Ice and Isolation: a Short Article

At the age of 22 Alex Gaffikin worked for 2 years in Antarctica as a meteorologist. In this discussion she reveals how she faced the loneliness of relentless darkness, and in the process learnt to lean on God, who meets us wherever we are. "“I had really started to doubt everything,” she recalls. “I was […]

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November 23, 2022
Churches Urged to Fill the Mental health Gap

Anne Lim reports on the presentation of senior clinical psychologist Gavin Brown, at a recent online mental health summit. "Brown was one of a panel of church leaders, mental health practitioners, lived-experience advisers, and theologians who led over 100 participants from across the country in a conversation about how churches can respond to Australia’s mental […]

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