Making Peace by Improving Mental Health

We are starting to provide vital mental health provision to hard-to-reach members of the community through an innovative new approach, bringing therapeutic support to the streets.

In Lambeth, only 17% of mental health need is being met, and thousands are being left without support. For young people, the effects of this is huge: about half of all lifetime mental health disorders start by the age of 14; 75% will have started before the age of 24.

Sowing peace in Ghana

Addressing food security is a big priority for the majority of communities in Northern Ghana. Volatile food prices caused by unstable supply is the new norm. Many families faced with higher food prices can only cope by pulling their children out of school and cutting back on medication.

World Peace Day: Whose side are you on?

 

When we look at the news and see conflict all around the world as well as in our own neighbourhoods, we can easily feel overwhelmed and want to turn away. But simple actions can help us cross divides and become peacemakers in our own communities.

I’ve often had young people walk past me and say ‘Fed’, ‘Evening officer’ or other similar remarks. I’m not a police officer, but as a tall white guy walking around our estate I tend to be assumed to be a plain-clothes cop by those who don’t know me. In Brixton, a place with a long history of conflict between police and the community, this isn’t great.

Both Sides

Taking both sides is at the core of CHIPS peacemaking methods. But how do we do that? And why?

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Let's give you some examples....

In Ghana, two tribes have been in conflict for over 20 years, but three people from each side now live together in a shared house working together on practical projects. Together, that mixed team go out to run these projects and they work with people from all tribes in the area. 

Empathy and violence in Angell Town

Brixton team leader Josh Grear speaks about the complicated idea of redemptive violence found in the Old Testament, and how this continues to play out with young people today as he carries out detached youth work on the Angell Town estate. 

In recent weeks, Paul, Lucy and I have been discussing the myth of redemptive violence. I have picked up Walter Wink’s fantastic book Engaging the Powers and started reading about Wink’s ideas around the Babylonian religion of violence.

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