This week was Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 (MHAW17) and Girls’ Brigade England & Wales encouraged all its members and leaders to participate in different ways including sharing their hope-filled transformation stories on social media.
GB Team Leader at 1st Hawkwell and Trustee Sally Claydon, pictured above, explained ‘My faith helps me thrive because it gives me purpose.’
GB Ministries' Director Ruth Gilson added ‘GB Ministries helps me thrive because it connects me with Christian leaders who encourage me to go deeper with God!'
Jessie Emms, 20, part of the Esther Generation Weekend leadership team shared ‘Girls’ Brigade helps me thrive because it’s opened up doors so that I can encounter the hope and freedom offered through faith.’
Jessie also shared more about her journey with her own mental well-being on koko. Read more of Jessie’s story here.
This year, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week explored how we can thrive rather than just survive in our day-to-day life. Claire Boxall, a leader at 1st Larkfield GB group in Kent, shared 9 wonderful ways on Think Twice’s website about how GB helps her thrive. She shared ‘I've gained far more from volunteering than I've put in. Through my GB experience I know that God loves to see us succeed. He answers prayer. He provides my strong foundation. Whatever happens, I know that He is with me.’ You can read Claire’s story here.
GB's Advocacy Co-ordinator Dr Claire Rush wrote an article for Youth and Children’s Work Magazine about Girls’ Brigade helping to inspire self-esteem in girls as well as helping them discover their self-worth in God. You can read it here.
Claire was also interviewed on Premier Radio and shared her experience of being a volunteer leader, the work of GB Ministries including mental well-being and how GB is turning up the volume of Gospel hope for girls around the world. Listen here.
She says 'With the Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index 2017 revealing that young people’s wellbeing in the UK is at its lowest ever level to date, Girls’ Brigade is passionate about equipping leaders to explore mental well-being all year round.
'Through GB, we hope to help girls, women and communities experience the life to the full that Jesus spoke about in John Ch.10:10. We believe that faith makes a positive difference to our lives, including helping us thrive not just survive. All year round, not just on MHAW17, we have an opportunity for GB to share the hope-filled Gospel news with others.
'Thank you to every GB member who helped to raise a hope-filled noise on social media this week.'
GB Trading has reduced some of the limited edition #WeAreGB125 items.
For the first time GB groups throughout England and Wales will have the opportunity to run Big Pancake Parties to raise funds to help fight food poverty and for GB nationally.
GB Leader Hayley Flint has been selected for the 2019 Youth United Foundation Youth Panel.