2022-08-02T13:54:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
Award-winning mental health advocate, author, speaker and founder of #DumpTheScales, Hope Virgo developed anorexia as a teenager. Here she shares how it impacted her recent pregnancy
2023-11-20T09:51:00+00:00By Claire Musters
As she personally juggles perimenopause with work, family life and church leadership, Claire Musters reports on a conference organised by the Kyria Network to help women understand what still - despite the media coverage it has been given in recent years - appears to be a taboo subject
2023-11-20T09:25:00+00:00By Cathy Madavan
Cathy Madavan encourages us to look beyond the usual Christmas trappings, to reflect on what we can be grateful for every day
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2023-11-20T08:30:00+00:00By Nicole Watt
Many Christians are suspicious of natural remedies but here Nicole Watt explains that they are all part of God's provision.
2023-11-13T15:41:00+00:00By Veronica Zundel
Two-time breast cancer survivor Veronica Zundel shares what she thinks about the provocative slogans used on the Smash the Stigma billboards.
2023-11-10T08:30:00+00:00By Michelle Tant
Midwife Michelle Tant explains that to ignore and fear the period is to misunderstand God’s message of hope. And she suggested it should be talked about more, not less.
2023-11-01T08:30:00+00:00By Jane Kirby
Author of Say Goodbye to Anxiety, Jane Kirby, shares how she faced up to anxiety and embraced Jesus in the process.
2023-10-31T09:30:00+00:00By Dr Chukwuemeka Nwuba
Dr Chukwuemeka “Chuks” Nwuba, author of Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate explains that people assume Black people don’t struggle with eating disorders and it means their care is not up to standard
2023-10-23T08:30:00+01:00By Kate Nicholas
This Breast Cancer Awareness month author Kate Nicholas shares the lessons she learned as she 'battled' breast cancer.
2023-10-13T08:30:00+01:00By Funke Oham
This Baby Loss Awareness Week writer Funke Oham shares how you can best support someone facing the loss of a baby.
2023-10-10T08:30:00+01:00By Vicki Whent
This Baby Loss Awareness Week, Christian writer Vicki Whent shares how she faced the heartbreak of losing nine babies.
2023-10-06T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
The UK’s first mental wellbeing festival kicks off tomorrow and Lauren Windle asks what small change we can make to improve our mental health.
2023-10-04T09:24:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
Mental health campaigner Hope Virgo shares her perspective on body shaming after reports of toxic behaviour in ballet schools.
2023-09-25T07:39:00+01:00By Sarah Portal
Sarah Portal has faced significant losses since an early age, including friends and family members.
2023-09-25T07:34:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
Hope Virgo has some advice on reaching out to people in practical ways so that we fulfil God’s commandment to love everyone
2023-07-27T10:29:08.127+01:00By Hope Virgo
Hope Virgo lifts the lid on the spiralling costs for those trying to get help for mental health issues
2023-07-07T08:30:00+01:00By Alex Noel
Alex Noel explores our emotions and how we can both express them and honour God at the same time.
2023-07-06T08:30:00+01:00By Sharon Hastings
2023-05-25T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Addiction specialist Lauren Windle gives a Christian perspective on using hallucinogenic drugs as treatment for depression.
2023-05-12T08:30:00+01:00By Kayleigh Ward
At the age of 34 Kayleigh Ward decided to have a hysterectomy, here she explained the positive impact it had on her physical and spiritual life.
2023-04-28T08:30:00+01:00By Ada Hilton
Ada Hilton shares her reflections on building bridges and not always needing to be right.
2023-04-27T08:30:00+01:00By Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie
Authors of The Lives We Actually Lead, Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie, share a blessing for those who experienced trauma from their childhoods.
2023-04-26T07:30:00+01:00By Natalie Baird-Clarke
Writer Natalie Baird-Clarke explains that, even though Christians are terrible at saying "no", we need to learn to care for ourselves.
2023-03-22T09:30:00+00:00By Amy Seiffert
Author Amy Seiffert realised she wasn’t feeding herself with spiritually nourishing things. Here she explains five things she did to make a positive change.
2023-03-21T06:41:00+00:00By Cathy Madavan
Having recently experienced a period of huge change, Cathy Madavan encourages each of us to live with more margin in our lives
2023-03-14T09:30:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
Rachel Pearce thought she knew how it would feel to suffer a miscarriage. The heartache of a life lost; the physical pain from the bleeding; the fear that it might happen again. It turns out she had no idea…
2023-03-06T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
Mental health campaigner Hope Virgo explains the additional challenges people with eating disorders face in the Church and how we can all do better.
2023-02-20T09:30:00+00:00By Anne Hartslief
Anne Hartslief’s faith that her body was a temple was shattered by an unexpected cancer diagnosis. Here she explains how she began to love herself again.
2023-02-16T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Bonarcher
Writer Hope Bonarcher explains how God's word delivered her from the extreme hopelessness that led her to attempt to take her own life.
2023-02-06T09:30:00+00:00By Rachael Newham
Author Rachael Newham explains the Christians often miss the Bible out of conversations on mental health, and explains that it has to stop.
2023-01-24T16:20:00+00:00By Sophie Mei Lan
Sophie Mei Lan struggled with self-hatred for years after her ordeal, which opened her up to further abuse. She finally started loving herself – and has recently found someone who loves her unconditionally too
2023-01-24T16:12:00+00:00By Jemimah Wright
Having hit rock bottom through her own deep loss, Faye Smith spent time in a Christian psychotherapeutic community and was also reminded of the healing nature of walking. Today, she provides guided walks for other women struggling with grief – or simply needing to reconnect with life
2023-01-19T09:30:00+00:00By Carla Lotus
Carla Lotus explains the dangers of dieting and focusing on weight-loss. Instead she suggests that we put our energy behind a healthy God-focused lifestyle.
2023-01-11T09:29:00+00:00By Andrea Campanale
Andrea Campanale shares details of The Transforming Shame Network’s February symposium where attendees will be invited to further explore the effect shame has on their relationship with God, themselves and others.
2023-01-05T09:30:00+00:00By Ashley Verma
Mum and former celebrity trainer Ashley Verma shares her tips for loving your body after pregnancy.
2022-12-28T05:58:00+00:00By Lucy Pieterse
Lucy Pieterse writes about the two women who equipped her with the tools to walk her seven-year-old through mental health issues
2022-12-23T07:30:00+00:00By Mirette Abraham
Christmas is a hectic time for all parents. Here author Mirette Abraham explains the value of rest for mums.
2022-12-22T22:56:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Many people take the beginning of January as an opportunity to make a positive change in their lives. Here, addiction specialist Lauren Windle shares the things you should know if you want to successfully give something up.
2022-12-22T09:30:00+00:00By Rachel Gallardo PhD
Women are more likely to struggle with imposter syndrome than men. Here Rachel Gallardo PhD suggests ways of silencing the lies of the enemy and remembering that God says he ‘gives us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control’.
2022-12-20T09:20:00+00:00By Hope Bonarcher
American dancer and producer Stephen “tWitch” Boss was a husband and father of three who seemed to have it all. Here Hope Bonarcher refelcts on Jesus’ words about the darkness hidden inside us and the value of each person.
2022-12-13T09:30:00+00:00By Meryl McKean
Writer Meryl McKean explains how your perspective and mental health can completely change when you stop listening to yourself and start speaking to yourself with God’s word instead.
2022-12-12T09:30:00+00:00By Kat Wordsworth
Kat Wordsworth felt doubt in her faith but, ashamed and scared, she did all she could to swallow the uncertainty and carry on as if it didn’t exist. Here she explains the importance of discussing doubt and acknowledging it’s a normal part of our faith journey.
2022-12-09T09:30:00+00:00By Ruth Leigh
Novelist Ruth Leigh’s main character Isabella M Smugge has found herself part of the ‘sandwich generation’. But it’s not just Ruth’s protagonist experiencing these challenges, it’s herself too. Here she shares her story.
2022-12-01T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Increasing numbers of women are gambling, and with the cost of living crisis, some are using it as a way to make money. Rachel Lampard from the Joint Public Issues Team spoke to Premier about how dangerous this is, and what the church can do to help.
2022-11-30T09:30:00+00:00By Lydia Rolley
Many people don't understand the debilitating effects of chronic fatigue. But with 3.5 per cent of the population suffering from Long COVID, it's time Christians were more up-to-date. Here's what Lydia Rolley, author of The Fatigue Book, thinks Jesus would have done.
2022-11-25T09:30:00+00:00By Kemi Koleoso
Grief support volunteer and former palliative care professional Kemi Koleoso says that she thinks of 'death as an end with a bend'. Here she explains why Christians should find hope and encouragement in death and shouldn't shy away from speaking about it.
2022-11-24T10:26:00+00:00By Clare Backhouse
As nutritionist Clare Backhouse ends her series, she reflects on the messages we receive about our bodies, and encourages us to take care of ourselves well
2022-11-21T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
Campaigner Hope Virgo explains why The Crown is a challenge for those who struggle with eating disorders as the show paints a shallow picture of the affliction and reinforced harmful stereotypes.
2022-11-02T09:13:00+00:00By Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé
Your health questions answered by our resident GP, Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé
2022-10-26T08:30:00+01:00By Kemi Olowe
Kemi Olowe, from Essex, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2018 at just 33 years old. The diagnosis came as a shock, not just because Kemi had no family history of breast cancer, but because she was repeatedly assured by medical professionals that her symptoms were simply hormonal. Here she tells her story and how her faith helped her through.
2022-10-18T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé
This World Menopause Day, Woman Alive’s columnist Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé, compares the facts about menopause to God’s biblical truth.
2022-10-11T08:30:00+01:00By Tola Doll Fisher
This Baby Loss Awareness Week, Woman Alive’s editor-in-chief Tola-Doll Fisher shares her story of tragedy and explains that while life hasn’t looked how she expected there is always hope.
2022-10-10T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
On World Mental Health Day, Mind and Soul’s Dr Kate Middleton explains why having a mental illness diagnosed is important but we shouldn’t allow it to define us - as only God does that.
2022-09-30T08:30:00+01:00By Jemimah Wright
Many people find writing cathartic but, as she was working on a fictional story, Woman Alive’s deputy editor Jemimah Wright assumed that wouldn’t apply to her. But in fact, over the ten years she penned her novel, Isabella’s Voyage, her relationship with herself and God completely changed.
2022-09-14T08:30:00+01:00By Rachael Newham
We are all still processing the death of the Queen, but for some it brings up the hurt of previous losses. Here Kintsugi Hope’s Rachael Newham explains that lament is a powerful tool for addressing this pain with God.
In celebration of Gospel Heritage month, American Idol contestant and award winning singer Mandisa Lynn Hundley shares how music got her through a particularly dark time after the death of a friend.
2022-08-31T10:51:00+01:00By Maxine Hallett
September is the start of a new season; autumn is upon us and, while we are still enjoying the warmth of the sun, nights are drawing in, gardens are starting to lose their summer blooms and the dark, rich autumnal colours are slowly creeping in.
2022-08-31T10:35:00+01:00By Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé
Your health questions answered by our resident GP, Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé
2022-08-29T08:30:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
As we prepare for term time, parents of children who struggle with their eating will be concerned about the best ways to support their young person. Author and founder of #DumpTheScales campaign, Hope Virgo, shares her ten tips for setting children up for success.
2022-08-10T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Your menstral cycle impacts your energy, how you build muscle, your productivity, focus and efficiency, your creativity and so much more. Here Dr Kate Middleton explains the impact our periods have on our minds and how we can manage our monthly cycles.
2022-08-02T13:51:14.35+01:00By Clare Backhouse, Clare Backhouse
In a world that is always switched ‘on’, nutritionist Clare Backhouse urges us all to learn to unplug regularly
2022-07-26T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
When the world brands some food “good” and some food “bad” and we’re bombarded with messages about slimming down with fad diets, it’s hard for us - or our children - to know how to navigate it. Here Dr Kate Middleton gives three simple thoughts that can help us have a truly healthy attitude towards eating.
2022-07-25T08:30:00+01:00By Elle Limebear
‘The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep’. So says E. Joseph Cossman, inventor, entrepreneur and author, but a good night’s sleep seems so much harder to come by these days. Here Christian singer Elle Limebear shares that, after a life-threatening incident, she’s prayerful about sleep.
2022-07-12T08:30:00+01:00By Woman Alive reporter
As summer brings plenty more drinking opportunities, Private Rehab Clinic Delamere shares the signs that you’re a functioning alcoholic and what you can do about it.
2022-07-07T08:30:00+01:00By Rebecca Chamaa
Social media is an incredible way to connect, but if you let it - it can really affect your mental and spiritual health. Writer Rebecca Chamaa explains the one change she made to help her use Facebook and Instagram in a healthier way.
2022-07-04T14:02:00+01:00By Veronica Zundel
Veronica Zundel argues that we can put too much emphasis on feelings
2022-07-04T14:01:00+01:00By Woman Alive contributor
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse explains that there are some microscopic bugs living inside of us that are incredibly useful
2022-07-01T08:30:00+01:00By Louise Ryrie
Founder of Prayerful Pilates, Louise Ryrie explains how Pilates can help with mental health and emotional wellbeing. Plus how she found it to do an ideal way to connect with God with combined with prayer.
2022-06-21T08:30:00+01:00By Angie Le Mar
When Angie Le Mar felt a “God prompt” to invite people to a walk on Facebook she had no idea that she was starting a movement that was badly needed. Now We Walk Wednesdays runs in 16 locations and there are hiking, talking, golfing and dining versions to connect people.
2022-06-15T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As summer hots up many of us will experience that familiar dread that we’re not ready to bear all in swimwear. Here Lauren Windle explains why it’s time to take a stand against the ‘beach body ready’ narrative.
2022-06-14T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Many of us allow ourselves a sneaky snooze in the mornings but the pros insist it’s bad for your routine. Here Lauren Windle explains why getting straight up was not only great for her sleep but for her relationship with God.
2022-06-14T08:30:00+01:00By Rebecca Hunter-Kelm
Many of us shy away from talking about our ‘time of the month’ but writer Rebecca Hunter-Kelm challenges that idea. Here she explains why we have nothing to be ashamed of and how we can bleed as believers.
2022-06-13T08:30:00+01:00By Arianna Walker
We’re surrounded by motivational sayings like ‘be yourself, everyone else is taken’. But Mercy UK’s Arianna Walker explains that it’s too simplistic and people often use it to excuse bad behaviour.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse looks at how environmental factors can affect our wellbeing
2022-05-27T08:30:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
Author and founder of #DumpTheScales campaign, Hope Virgo, explains that pregnancy doesn’t solve eating disorders and people shouldn’t assume that just because the baby is growing that the mum is mentally well.
2022-05-17T08:30:00+01:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Cheslie Kryst died earlier this year at the age of 30, after tragically taking her own life. Here Woman Alive’s editor-in-chief, Tola-Doll Fisher talks about her experience of the same functioning depression Cheslie experienced.
2022-05-16T08:30:00+01:00By Sheila Jacobs
Sheila Jacobs was diagnosed with a debilitating illness that forced her to stay at home. But as she got better the fear of leaving the house stayed and she didn’t live a ‘normal’ life for years.
2022-05-11T08:30:00+01:00By Thea Joshi
The media is riddled with skewed representations of OCD. Writer Thea Joshi explains the realities of battling the disorder and how indiviudals, churches and communities can better support people in their journey.
2022-05-10T08:30:00+01:00By Emma Owen
Callous words from an ex-boyfriend plunged Emma Owens into a desperate cycle that resulted in bulimia. Here she shares her incredible story of redemption and freedom from the deadly eating disorder.
2022-05-10T08:30:00+01:00By Kelleigh Wooderson-Hudson
Many people feel struck down by shame and self-doubt. This Mental Illness Awareness Week Kelleigh Wooderson-Hudson, founder of Life Essence Ministry shares her story and wisdom for those who are struggling.
2022-05-09T08:30:00+01:00By Natalie Braithwaite
This Mental Illness Awareness Week we’re looking at the best ways to eliminate stress at work. Glorify app’s Natalie Braithwaite explains three ways to recentre, stay calm and focus on Jesus while on the job.
2022-04-29T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Bunmi Aboaba
Food Addiction Coach and author of Craving Freedom, Dr Bunmi Aboaba, explain the sets you can take to enjoy your body instead of constantly criticise.
2022-04-29T08:30:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
Feeling at home in a church and taking part in community events and ministry can be extra challenging for those struggling with an eating disorder. Hope Virgo, author and founder of #DumpTheScales, give four tips to help people navigate church well.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse shows us what we can do to ensure our bodies receive what they truly need
2022-04-06T08:30:00+01:00By Bukky Ayoade
Many women tackle menopause quietly, doing their best to manage the symptoms. Here Vibrant Midlife’s Bukky explains how she’s leant on God during that time and that far from being terrible, midlife can be amazing.
2022-04-05T08:30:00+01:00By Carolina Mountford
As we come to the end of Lent, writer Carolina Mountford reflects on the way the sacrificial practice of “giving something up” can be difficult for those with an eating disorder. Here she highlights the issue and suggests some potential solutions.
2022-03-30T08:30:00+01:00By Jermaine Dallas
Jermaine Dallas, founder of Sleeping Saints podcast, explains how the calming effect of the Bible and focusing on gratitude can help you get to sleep.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse encourages us to slow down to eat, with tips to aid digestion
2022-03-25T09:30:00+00:00By Nothando Osondu
Many people are feeling the weight of anxiety at the moment, as they process the last two years’ pamdemic and the horrific scenes on the news. Christian self-esteem and anxiety coach Nothando Osondu explains what you can do to take care of yourself.
2022-03-23T09:30:00+00:00By Ruth O’Reilly-Smith
Broadcaster and author Ruth O’Reilly-Smith explained that when she felt at her lowest God invited her to journal with him and it transformed their relationship.
2022-03-04T09:30:00+00:00By Arianna Walker
Like Towie’s Gemma Collins, one in six people aged between 16-24 have self harmed. CEO of Mercy UK, Arianna Walker explains that self-harm is merely the symptom that indicates there is a problem that needs addressing.
2022-03-04T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, author and campaigner Hope Virgo shares her experience of battling an eating disorder and how churches can be more accessible to those who are sturggling.
2022-02-23T09:30:00+00:00By Rachael Newham
Author and mental health advocate Rachael Newham explains why we shouldn’t disregard antidepressants as God can use any number of tools to help us manage mental health difficulties.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse explains how to harness your hormonal cycle
2022-02-17T09:30:00+00:00By Rebecca Chamaa
Rebecca Chamaa explains that when she’s focused on memorizing her weekly verse, her mind is clear of other thoughts, offering relief from her worries, concerns and catastrophic thinking.
2022-02-08T09:30:00+00:00By Claire Musters
Claire Musters wonders how much our feelings towards our ageing bodies reflect the culture we are living in and suggests the Church should be providing a better narrative.
2022-02-03T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
Campaigner Hope Virgo explains that even if you can’t spot it, there may be people in your church struggling with an eating disorder and this is how to support them.
2022-02-02T09:30:00+00:00By Becky Merriman
After three years of lonliness and feeling she had no value, Becky Merriman took a job as a connector with the YMCA. Now she helps others rediscover their self-worth and find community.
2022-01-31T09:30:00+00:00By Susanna Raj
Susanna Raj deepened her faith at a Christian women’s conference, but when she tried to tap into the same message online all she found was posts about finding your worth and your beauty. Here she explains why women need so much more.
2022-01-26T09:30:00+00:00By Rachael Newham
After recent updates to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on depression, Kintsugi Hope’s Rachael Newham explains that they’re a start but church and community have a vital part to play in people’s recovery.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse helps us learn to care for our bodies in a new way
2022-01-24T12:59:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Rest is biblical and the new four day working week will be a blessing to many. But writer Lauren Windle asks if it will be accessible to all shift workers and those in lower paid jobs or just those who sit at a desk.
2022-01-20T09:30:00+00:00By Bev Taylor
Bev Taylor, director of strategy for the National Academy for Social Prescribing, reveals how vital social prescribing is going to be to our society going forward and says churches have already been successfully engaging in it for centuries.
2022-01-18T09:30:00+00:00By Jenny Sanders
As the government announces plans to restore the country ‘back to normal’ many of us fear our mental health won’t be able to rebound so easily. Jenny Sanders explains that God knows how to comfort those in despair and has a message of hope for us all.
2022-01-17T09:30:00+00:00By Nothando Osondu
It may be ‘Blue Monday’ but writer Nothando explains why we need to step away from comparison and low self-esteem and embrace God’s promise of life to the full.
2022-01-05T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
When writer Lauren Windle contracted Omicron she was gutted, but after a few days of coughing in bed she realised that COVID could teach her a lesson about time management.
2022-01-04T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
Those struggling with an eating disorder don’t always get the sensitive response they hope for from the Church, here are the things that we should all know.
2021-12-31T08:25:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
As we welcome in a new year, and all the good and bad that may hold, Woman Alive’s editor Tola-Doll Fisher reassures us that even if trouble is ahead, we have all we need in Christ
2021-12-23T09:25:00+00:00By Kate Patterson
Boris may have promised us Christmas, but nothing feels certain at the moment. Concious that many of us are struggling with the idea of potential lockdowns, restrictions and the risk of illness, author Kate Patterson reminds us that, while the world is uncertain, God’s love isn’t.
We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are still suffering its effects months after contracting the virus. Respiratory nurse and lecturer Debbie Duncan shares what is has been like for herself and others coping with long COVID
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse explains how we can get better sleep
2021-11-25T11:04:06.39+00:00By Maxine Hallett
Maxine Hallett reflects on her journey towards God, and the sanctuary she now calls home
2021-11-25T11:03:34.897+00:00By Cathy Madavan
Cathy Madavan shows us how the five love languages provide a great guide to generosity
Catherine Etherington, the Head of Recovery for the UK-based Naked Truth Project, talks about their mission to free lives from the damaging impact of sexual addictions
2021-11-25T11:02:56.043+00:00By Katherine Gantlett
Having lost precious children to miscarriage and a daughter, Libby, at birth, Katherine Gantlett shares how she stopped trying to escape the winter seasons of her life, and learned to walk with him authentically and honestly
Macaila Britton talks to Liz Earle MBE, wellbeing brand founder, about her experience in the industry and what still needs to change
2021-11-24T11:06:00+00:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Research from Menopause Experts Group highlights a rise in suicide rates for women aged 45 to 54 – the age when most women experience perimenopause and menopause. Dr Kate Middleton explains why and offers practical coping strategies
2021-11-17T12:52:00+00:00By Kate Neal
Kate Neal says the growth of social media seems to have created a society in which bullying is more prevalent than ever before, with devastating and even life-altering effects
2021-11-16T13:32:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Tola-Doll Fisher felt devastated when cancer resurfaced after a large tumour had been removed from her uterus. But a brave decision gave her a peace that surpassed earthly understanding
2021-11-16T10:19:00+00:00By Helen Roberts
With Bella Hadid candidly sharing her mental health struggles on social media, Helen Roberts looks at the devastating effects the comparison trap can have on us all
Bedbound poet Jenny Rowbory refuses to be defined by her broken body. Instead she is raising money for a life-changing operation through her anthology We Are the Winter People
2021-10-22T14:52:00+01:00By Cathy Madavan
Cathy Madavan shares what she strives to do in all her relationships to cultivate unity and peace
2021-10-18T16:06:00+01:00By Melanie Currer
When menopause feels like a terrifying rollercoaster ride, trust in the God who knows you better than you know yourself, says Mel Currer on World Menopause Day
To mark Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October) Tammy Tunnah shares about her traumatic miscarriage and how mentally agonising her next pregnancy was, and we look at the place of art therapy in processing baby loss
2021-10-12T11:03:00+01:00By Hannah Baylor
Hannah Baylor says it is time for ‘women to claim their worth’ and ‘men to challenge and change their own, and other men’s, behaviour’
2021-10-01T11:08:00+01:00By Cathy Madavan
Seasoned author Cathy Madavan suggests that, whatever our history, we can learn from it and move on
2021-10-01T10:38:00+01:00By Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé
During World Menopause Month, Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé kicks off our three-part series on the menopause, explaining how we can prepare physically, psychologically and spiritually
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse explains the ways we can receive healing through prayer, medicine and understanding our own body’s unique needs
2021-09-23T11:39:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Prolific Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medallist Sarah Eberle has created a garden that restores the soul
2021-09-21T13:24:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Dr Kate Middleton, psychologist and project lead for Headstrong – an online teen mental health and wellbeing site – responds to reports that Instagram may increase teen anxiety, depression and body image concerns.
Youth Mental Health Day prompts cognitive behavioural therapist Clarie Miles to reflect on an overstretched youth mental health service
2021-08-24T09:50:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Diane Regan shares with Clare Blake how the pain her family has walked through birthed the charity Kintsugi Hope
When Denise Sanderson-Estcourt gave up her regular, ‘safe’ job to become an image consultant, some people – Denise included – felt it was a risky move. But God has brought some incredible confidence-building material out of this decision, and there is plenty more to come
After years of trying to love others and failing, Joyce Meyer learned that her main problem was that she didn’t love herself. She shares how God helped her step free from the comparison trap and embrace who she truly is
As a young widow with children, Abi Shotade walked a painful journey of grief. She hopes the book she has written will help other families facing loss
Kay Burley described the menopause as “tricky”, but for many women it is a life-changing and even career-ending process. New research shows that menopause-related tribunals have quadrupled in three years
2021-08-12T10:42:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
The GCSE results are in and, against all odds, it looks as though our young people have excelled themselves. Dr Kate Middleton offers practical tips to get their endorphins going and remind them of the bigger picture, whether they have passed or failed
2021-08-06T11:45:00+01:00By Jennie Pollock
As yet another person plans to travel abroad in order to die, Christian Medical Fellowship’s Jennie Pollock suggests there is hope of a better way
As another athlete withdrew from the competition she had worked so hard to reach, we tackle the question some have been asking: did Simone Biles ‘play the mental health card’ in Tokyo?
2021-07-26T11:21:00+01:00By Lucy Rycroft
Given the response we had to the piece on young people’s mental health in May’s issue*, we know that many of you have experienced huge highs and lows over the last 18 months in your families. Here, author Lucy Rycroft gives a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on children’s and parents’ mental health, and claims it was no mistake that God picked you to parent your kids
We reflect on the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Menopause and ask you to share your own stories about menopause
Have you ever returned from a Christian conference, camp or retreat and wished you could hold on to the sense of joy or peace you experienced at it? Dr Gemma Simmonds is a sister with the Congregation of Jesus and she has written a book to help us bring retreat practices into daily life. She shared some of her own story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
During Carers Week, 7-13 June, carer and mental health awareness trainer, Anita Kelly shares candidly about the pressure of being a carer, the effect of the pandemic, and how important it is that carers feel valued and cared for themselves.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the demands and responsibilities in your life? Ruth Rice was a very capable, busy woman, but then one day her life started to unravel. She shared with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues what happened.
Care for the Family’s Katharine Hill gives us some simple, practical ways that we can boost our emotional wellbeing.
Since the pandemic, the number of eating disorders has risen dramatically. Abbie Young works for tastelife, a charity that offers help to those suffering from food-related issues and their carers. Here she shares about her own struggle with anorexia and why the charity is looking for volunteers right now.
2021-05-13T00:00:00+01:00By Maria Rodrigues
Premier’s Maria Rodrigues spoke to Patrick and Diane Regan about the physical and mental health challenges he faced, and how they affected Diane too.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10–16 May) is nature. Here, Rachael Newham bravely shares her story, as well as the part nature has played in her recovery – and how she thinks we all need to give ourselves time and space in this season.
During Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (3–9 May) we hear from Chloe Smith, who was heavily pregnant when her four-year-old son died.
Christine Soule had a series of traumatic experiences in her childhood, including her stepfather phoning her when she was nine years old and home alone, threatening to rape her. As a result she carried chronic fear into adulthood, until one day God set her free. She shared her story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues:
Single mum from Barnsley, Linda Walmsley, is running the Sofa to Summit Kilimanjaro Challenge to raise funds for suicidal human trafficking survivors and for her own lockdown mental health
For Clare Blake’s sister, who has panic attacks, going to church is a challenge. But she’s getting there…
?Motherdom, the UK’s first media platform dedicated to maternal mental health and wellbeing, was launched at the start of March by mum-of-two and journalist Anna Ceesay
Catherine Adenrele Runsewe celebrates the resilience of women, and encourages us to build on the foundations we have laid during this time of great difficulty
2021-03-12T00:00:00+00:00By Claire Musters
As many children have gone back to school this week, Claire Musters takes a look at how parents have found the experience of home schooling
The past year has taken its toll on us all – this online retreat aims to help us deal with the loss and disappointment from COVID-19
Susan Gregory invites you to join the millions of women and men around the world reaping the benefits of biblical fasting
Rachel Mason is an award-winning singer who has produced a book of short stories and poems about dealing with post-natal depression. She shared her story with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues
When Di Archer found our her daughter was throwing up 25 times a day, she was thrust into the dark world of bulimia. Di is now founder and CEO
of Tastelife UK which aims to help both sufferers and their families with recovery
The cost of puppies has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic as people race to get a four-legged companion for lockdown but Jemimah Wright says hers is a long-term investment
Rachael Newham was on an adult psychiatric ward aged 16. Today, she is the founding director of ThinkTwice, an organisation dedicated to changing the way the Church responds to those suffering
Talking about bereavement as we kick off the blog series alongside the theme for the November edition of Woman Alive - ‘Life and Loss’.
A practicing psychotherapist talks about being diagnosed with dyslexia in her 40s and the surprising success she has experienced as a result
Some midweek motivation for #WellbeingWednesday
This week is dedicated to increasing the profile of a disease that affects almost half a million people in the UK. One company is dedicated to providing a natural healer using rose hip
Lindsay Macdonald reminds us to stop comparing and start celebrating
Hope Virgo suffered abuse at 13 and battled anorexia for years. Here she shares how she learned to push aside the need to be "perfect" before God
The pandemic has caused many of us to question our identity. Sheila Jacobs finds confidence in an inheritance that will never ‘perish, spoil or fade’
While society teaches us we need to look and be a certain way, Florence Gildea asserts that God loves us as we are so we can stop seeking outside validation
We need stories for our times of uncertainty and pain, says Tanya Marlow
In support of Loneliness Awareness Week, Kimberley Pena explains that dance therapy can reduce the feeling of disconnect
We were not designed for a socially distanced existence. Writer Cathy Madavan explains how we can adapt to our new normal
Has your church leader or a preacher you know hit rock bottom without you realising?
Writer Fran Hill lost her mother when she was just 14. Here she considers the lasting impact long into adulthood
Trained cuddle therapist Rebekka Mikkola explains the theory behind cuddle therapy and how we can weather the absence of touch during COVID-19
Linda Todd, chief executive of The Leprosy Mission Scotland, explains that leprosy is not an ancient disease; it still ravages people today
Coronavirus, the biggest party-pooper of them all, has swept across the world and changed society as we know it, separating us from one another. Here are some ways to counter that…
In a letter sent from Portugal to Sir Francis Walsingham, in 1587, Sir Francis Drake memorably wrote, “There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.”
We’ve often heard from people living with depression, but what is it like for those who love and care for them? Catriona Futter shares her experience of trying to support her husband
This is a good time to ask some serious questions, says Penelope Wilcock
For many people Christmas can be a difficult time of year. Gillian Phillips reflects on her own experience and how the true message of Christmas offers hope and healing
St Paul learned the secret of contentment and we can too, says Liz Carter
Being kind and serving others are foundational to Christian living, but we can take it too far, warns Sarah Phillips
Ruth van den Broek was diagnosed with the degenerative disease cystic fibrosis (CF) as a baby and grew up knowing she would not live to a ripe old age. Now in the ‘twilight years’ of her late twenties, she tells Sharon Barnard why she is able to look to the future with hope
Kate Waterman looks at how to make the most of spring.
Penelope Wilcock suggests we take inspiration from monastic traditions and learn to speak and listen wisely
Build rest into your life by following the ancient seasonal rhythms of the year, says Kate Waterman ...
Jennifer Rees Larcombe identifies what robs us of peace as "morbids". She explains how to recognise them and send them packing!
Read Hilary Browne's story of compulsive overeating and how she broke free ...
Hazel Southam explains how a horse called Duke was able to bring her comfort and hope during the most stressful year of her life ...
Susan Williams considers the challenge of change and why we are so often resistant even when things are going wrong ...
Miriam Dann explains the sobering experience that being unemployed had on her and how she changed how she saw herself and others as a result ...
Rev Will van der Hart discusses the basis of perfectionism showing it is a male as well as a female issue and how grace is the only antidote ....
Sue Williams discusses the difficulties of saying "No" as Christians but the importance of setting boundaries for everyone's best interests ...
Carol Bostock reports on her shame of weighing 26 stone, taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight and how she found real healing beyond this
Suzanne Green shares what she has learned about keeping your self-esteem intact
Nicki Copeland reveals the many things we may hide behind to protect ourselves
Sheridan tells Amy Boucher-Pye how he dealt with the disappointments and doubts in his life
Michele Morrison explores how we can change our thinking habits and achieve a 'holier' mind ...
Learn from Kate Middleton (the other one!) why stress can be a particular problem for busy Christians and how we can learn to manage it well
Discover Joyce Passmore's story of how she clung to Jesus during her 15 years confined in a psychiatric hospital
Learn from Tania Bright how to embrace and move on from our failures
Lyn Alderson explains how keeping a journal can help combat the stress and worries of our lives
Paul Tonks was overjoyed when his wife was healed, but then started to have difficulties of his own
Katharine Welby-Roberts, daughter of the Archbishop of Canterbury, talks to Ali Herbert about coping with mental health issues
Amanda Pilz discusses ways we are taught to build our confidence and self-esteem and shows us how it should be done
A reader's experience of being groomed on the net shows it is not just the young who are being targeted ...
Fun and frivolity are essential to our well-being – Penelope Wilcock explains why
Ruth Flynn explains how the Bible helped her face and overcome her fear of water
Liz Babbs looks to faith and lifestyle rather than faddy diets to achieve a fit and healthy body
Lucy Mills challenges us to deal with the clutter that clogs up our hearts and minds, and suggests helpful ways we can do this ...
Amy Boucher-Pye discusses the practicalities and benefits of keeping a spiritual journal
Simplicity is the way to go if we want to rescue the festival, says Penelope Wilcock
What we eat can transform our energy levels, says Emma Cockrell
Many of us seek relief from illness or disability, but suffering can yield precious things, says Joni Eareckson Tada
Many people fear dementia, but a retired GP diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2009, chooses to see it as an opportunity to serve God
We talk to two women whose loved ones have taken their own lives
How 'tearing my hair out' became a literal truth for one primary school teacher
Why anorexia, sometimes described as 'the good girl's drug', affects so many women and girls in our churches
Should Christians seek counselling? Lucinda van der Hart talks to those involved
Joni Eareckson Tada says the secret of contentment is to be flexible
It's time to be your own best friend!
The healing power of food