Video series offers light in the darkness for those suffering from mental illness

Former Diocesan giving champion sets up a reflective video series titled ‘Light in the Darkness’ to help people combat mental illness.

Rachael Philips who is now an ordinand studying for ordination at Cranmer Hall in Durham set out to create resources that just might help people with combatting mental illness with young people and others feeling the effects of the lockdown says Diocesan Leader of Youth Mission and Ministry, Andy Harris, 

He said: “What have you been watching recently – maybe a typical lockdown question! One of the most amazing things I’m watching at the moment is the series – Light in the Darkness. It’s mainly about raising awareness and offering practical support and spiritual hope in Christ. The contributors are all from different churches mainly in the Darlington area, pulling together stories from the community.  One huge highlight is the Blessing Song performed by over 40 Darlington Christians in their own homes!”

Now 4 weeks into the series, the latest episode includes prayer walking and a very moving interview with Caroline, a volunteer youth worker at All Saint’s Blackwell, talking about her experiences with poor mental health and giving practical advice to help others.

Andy added: “Episode 3 focuses on Les, a guy who manages a bi-polar condition and tells a beautiful story of his conversion and also a powerful interview with Ray, a priest who went through a period of deep depression.

“I would highly recommend this series to everyone and particularly to anyone struggling with mental health at the moment.”

Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett, Ministry Development Advisor for the Diocese said: “They are so beautifully done – and just easy to listen to and watch. Wise, Realistic. Hopeful – I thoroughly recommend them.”

The videos are being released every Wednesday morning during Lent on Rachael’s YouTube channel


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