Everyday Living

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It's Time We Talk About Mental Health in Church

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Consider this finding from a National Church Life Survey  from a few years ago: one in six church attenders sought or received treatment for a mental health issue in the previous two years. This mirrors the reality of mental health issues experienced by the Australian population as a whole. Let that sink in. 
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Finding Christ After Sexual Assault

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I was about 24 and living in the UK when I was sexually assaulted by my flatmate. By the time I got the courage to tell the police what had happened, he had returned to his home country, and there was little they could do.
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Coping with Mental Health From a Culturally Different Background

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Growing up as a South Asian in a Christian family in Australia, I often felt a tension between my identity and the challenges I faced at home, compared to my life outside of those walls—both literally and figuratively.
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Why I Took a Sabbatical from My Pastoral Role

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You’ve been set apart for good works,” says the preacher, “The Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” So why am I so sad, anxious…broken? I wonder.
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Caring for My Anxious Wife ... Without Despairing

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Imagine waking up each day, having no idea what the day will hold. Sure, you know that it's a Tuesday, so the kids will be going to school, and you have work. But in reality, at any moment you could get a text that means you need to drop everything and return home. That’s the reality of living with someone with a mental illness, especially when that person is  your partner. 
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I'm a Counsellor, and I Struggled with Anxiety

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“I’m sorry, there is no cure for your medical condition.” Those were the last words I expected to hear from my doctor. I was 28 then. 
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Can I Have Anxiety . . . and Still Trust God?

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I was an anxious child. At four I paced around with a little frown, asking serious questions, and trying to prepare myself for the big wide world.   At 12, I would lie awake with a churning stomach and restless thoughts. I’m 23 now, and the anxiety hasn’t disappeared.
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Confessions of a Pastor who Wrestles with Anxiety

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I started my career as a young, zealous pastor who wanted to change the world. I wanted to do everything I could for God. But, by the second year of ministry I was battling depression and anxiety.
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How to Walk with a Friend Through Their Mental Health Journey

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As a registered Christian counsellor in a private practise, I have seen and heard words and actions that are unhelpful for people battling anxiety.