Archive: March, 2016

Is Government policy a major contributor to mental illness?

The recent Report to the NHS in England by the Mental Health Taskforce has led to a sudden flurry of interest in mental illness by both the media and politicians, and the interest is to be warmly welcomed.  While serious psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia are relatively rare, few of us are exempt from such mental illnesses as anxiety and depression.  These obviously vary in seriousness, but for thousands of people they mean being plunged into a dark, bottomless despair from which, no matter how hard they try, no effort of their own can bring deliverance.  The mood lies beyond the reach of reason and argument, disables from all activity and in too many cases takes away even the will to live.

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The help of God in every step

Dark shadows fall over the closing pages of John’s Gospel. For our Lord himself, there is the shadow of the cross; for the disciples, the shadow of his imminent departure.  He is leaving them to return to the Father, and they are utterly distraught.  It is to this distress that Jesus addresses the words of John 16:7, ‘It is for your good that I am going away.  Unless I go, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.’

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