Our community is a welcoming and inclusive network. We pass on a tradition of silence in which the love of God “is revealed to all who call”. So we welcome to our groups all who come, including individuals with mental health issues.
Mental health problems are very common. At any one time 1 in 6 people in the UK will be experiencing a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety. That is 1 in 6 in our own families, work groups and meditation groups. Smaller numbers of people experience more severe mental health problems that can cause psychosis.
Christian meditation is not a substitute for professional assessment and treatment of any health condition: it is a form of prayer. Many of us know from experience that regular meditation is good for our mental health and well-being. This means that people are drawn to meditation to explore if it can answer their needs.
Not everyone who tries meditation in one of our groups discovers that it is for them. Father Laurence reminds us regularly that people are good at “self selecting” and they will only continue if it feels right for them.
We respect each others’ spiritual journey and help each other on the way.
Sally Walters, WCCM UK Coordinator for Mental Health is experienced in meditation and mental health and can provide further information and support to meditators concerned about mental health and to mental health professionals seeking to learn more about Christian meditation so that they can support their patients. Sally can be contacted here.