Our mental health team are currently providing an hourly service on the first Sunday of every month (from 3-4pm) to inpatients who express an interest and are well enough to attend.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), mental health is:
"A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". In this positive sense, mental health is the foundation for individual well-being and the effective functioning of a community. W.H.O stresses that mental health "is not just the absence of mental disorder".
What are mental health problems?
Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. The majority of people who experience mental health problems can get over them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on. Mental health problems affect the way you think, feel and behave. They are problems that can be diagnosed by a doctor, not personal weaknesses.
Doing our Part with the help of the Lord
From 2002 the Lord has used RRF to not only attend our local inpatient unit, but has allowed us to be instrumental in establishing a service to inpatients within the hospital setting.
A group of churches responded to the call to be involved in ministering to members of our community who have been brought under section to give them space to recover health. The hospital service manager identified the importance of reconnecting people with their faith in times of distress. Christ in his ministry proved that He had the compassion and competence to minister to people in distress or oppressed.
RRF are part of a quarterly rotation of churches who attend. We are currently providing an hourly service on the first Sunday of every month (from 3-4pm) to inpatients who express an interest and are well enough to attend. We have a consistent team of four members who make themselves available for this most valuable work.
The appreciation of those unable to attend church is often beyond words and assures us that we are indeed fulfilling Christ love as he said "I was sick and you never visited me". In as much as we visit those whom family and friends or society may have given up on, we have visited Christ.
Again may we solicit your continual prayers for their recovery that the message of Christ through us, coupled with the prayers and praises of the saints, will see souls delivered from all forms of oppression.
We give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ for giving us such a wonderful privilege and opportunity of working with Him in this great task of reaching those that are hurting and often forgotten.