It’s hard not to be aware of the effects of low mental health in Aotearoa at the moment. You’ve heard the stats: In the 12 months to August last year, 606 Kiwis took their own lives. New Zealand has one of the highest suicide rates in the western world, and it hasn’t improved at all in the last decade. Many have been grieving the shock death of TVNZ news presenter Greg Boyed last week. Mike King spoke on the AM show last week about the issue, and he has some significant insights into depression, anxiety, and suicide for us all to reflect on—this is well worth a watch, a read, and a discussion: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/08/mike-king-explains-why-no-one-ever-sees-suicide-coming.html. As the bride of Christ, participating in the reconciliation of all things to God, we believe the Spirit is actively working to restore our relationships with God, with each other, with the world, and with ourselves. This reconciliation includes our mental wellbeing. At the Grow Night yesterday, Duane Major said he’d rather have 100 Christian communities than 10 billion dollars for mental health, because there’s power in Christian fellowship. May we be a community of communities open to these life-giving conversations.

 

Ngā mihi nui,

The Rices