#3 Free to Belong

All should have access to supportive networks within which people can safely explore issues around faith, spirituality and mental well-being without fear of judgment or rejection.

When people's lives are affected by mental health problems this often leads to them having fewer and fewer positive relationships with people.

You're not alone

Mental health service users and their carers are often report being lonely and feeling isolated. Sometimes people feel unsure about where, when and with whom it is ok to talk about their particular experiences. People with mental health issues often try to make sense of what is happening to them and may be left to do this alone, something which could add to their confusion or levels of stress.

If their spiritual identity is affected, too, this can further complicate the quest for understanding as mental health professionals often feel ill-equipped to discuss this area. One way to tackle this is for churches to create supportive networks within which people can safely explore issues around faith, spirituality and mental well-being, a place where any story can be told and any question asked without fear of judgment or rejection, a place we call an "Oasis". We (will soon) provide resources to enable churches to set up their own Oasis.

We also aim to provide a community on this site by sharing experiences through writing about them, by getting them out in to the open.