Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety but it’s not only women who suffer. Depression and stress also impact men and all three impact people of all ages and from different walks of life. In these very uncertain (and some may say) perilous times of pandemic, many are struggling to come to terms with the new reality. Most of us are waiting to get back to normal, whatever the new normal is. Just turn on the news and ¾ of the reporting is about the virus or the impact that it is having worldwide. Then add to that Afghanistan and we can be left feeling that life is quite hopeless.

Thankfully, if you know Jesus as your personal Saviour, there is always hope. Hope that God has got this. Hope in a better tomorrow. Hope that we will be carried and we will be better for that.

Over the next weeks, I will be discussing yours and my mental health on 96threefm radio – I encourage you to listen in or listen to the replays from the sound cloud on 96three FM. I will be talking about two major aspects as remedies for anxiety, depression, stress and many other mental health issues that we face today. The two streams of remedies or as psychology calls them interventions will be firstly the scientific and research interventions that are commonly used for mental health issues and then secondly the faith way to deal with our difficulties.