I was going to write something else today, but this morning a situation added to the heaviness that always rests my heart on this day. I’m going to do what is good for me and take some time out, leave the post for Thursday.
This season is one of much joy and laughter, but we should not miss that for many it is a season of pain and sadness.
The reason I am so passionate about training volunteers to meet with young people is that we need to grow a culture where we talk honestly about how we feel. Our mentors provide safe and appropriate ways to do this. I know in my own experience, that starting the conversation with someone about how you really are feeling can be difficult. Even finding the words to work out in our own mind what is happening is not always easy.
I pray that wherever you are at in all this, whether suffering or walking through, being the one who is listening and helping or grieving. That today you would see a glimpse of hope that would pull you through
Need someone to talk to?
If you are a young person in Kent you can access kooth.com and speak to a counsellor online.
YoungMinds also have a crisis messenger service providing free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
They aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than 5 minutes to provide support in a crisis. They will listen to you and help you think through how you’re feeling, and will aim to help you take the next steps towards feeling better. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
You can also can The Samaritans 116 123 free from any phone.