I live in London, UK. Just outside of London there is a retreat centre for young people. It is run by a dedicated team who each year recruit volunteer missionaries to help with the running of the retreats for young people aged 5-18.
After spending a good six months or so dithering about applying, I put in an application to be a volunteer missionary and have now been invited to look around the centre and spend some time there. I am still not sure whether it is for me. This is not because of my character or my faith, but rather because of my health. I am schizoaffective and currently suffer from PTSD too. I have a care team based in London and am on a waiting list for a psychotherapy assessment.
The Director of the centre has been nothing but kind to me so far and so I thought this was a positive sign. I am trying to get hold of my spiritual director to talk to him about whether he thinks I am well enough to join the centre. (He used to be a mental health social worker and knows all about ill health and religion and its interactions ) Until then I was just wondering if there’s anyone on here who has pursued life in a religious community (whether as a priest, brother, friar, or sister, or as a lay person) with mental health problems. If you have, what support have you received and what problems have you come across? Obviously everyone’s situation is individual and different but I feel it might help me to know whether other people have achieved what I would like to.
Thank you for any responses: God bless you all and please pray for me.