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Supporting Good Mental Health

by Michael Ford last modified 19 Jun, 2020 10:05 PM

A series of reflections from the Church of England, aimed at supporting good mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, provides themes for the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service.

Supporting Good Mental Health, published at the start of the lockdown, will inform themes for the Radio 4 Daily Service from Monday June 15 to Friday June 26.

The guide provides Bible quotations and reflections on a number of areas including living in isolation, loneliness and worry. It gives simple Christian meditation techniques and tips that could help people feeling isolated or anxious, as well as those who may be grieving.

The first reflection, with the theme How Are You? was led by the Bishop of Llandaff and former Dean of Salisbury Cathedral, the Rt Revd June Osborne.

Content shared by the Church of England as part of last month’s Mental Health Awareness Week was seen more than 2.1 million times. This includes the reflections and a special weekly online service broadcast, with a contribution from HRH The Duke of Cambridge. This online service reached and engaged a young audience, with more than 25 per cent watching on YouTube under the age of 34.

Revd Professor Christopher Cook, Director of the Centre for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Durham University, who authored Supporting Good Mental Health, said:

“These reflections, each linked to a biblical passage, and accompanied by simple, practical steps to facilitate reflection and prayer, were written to support good mental health.

“I am delighted that they have been appreciated so widely amidst the challenges presented by Covid-19. I hope that they will help people to draw on spiritual resources to address present challenges of isolation, loss, anxiety and uncertainty.”

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