Note: Alison Webster’s book, ‘Wellbeing’, SCM Press, 2002,
is a useful theological resource.
(available second-hand only, from Amazon).
Mental health and wellbeing
- Ecumenical resources include Catholic Mental Health Project
- ‘Five ways to wellbeing.’ New Economics Foundation: https://neweconomics.org/uploads/files/8984c5089d5c2285ee_t4m6bhqq5.pdf
- Friendly Places: Faith Action’s faith & health portal, with resources and pledge to be a welcoming place http://www.faithaction.net/portal/our-projects/friendly-places/
- Healthwatch – an informative and independent critical friend to the NHS https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/
- Mental health access pack for churches: free resource from Livability, the Mind and Soul Foundation and Premier Life. http://www.mentalhealthaccesspack.org/
- Mental Health First Aid https://mhfaengland.org/
- Mental Health Matters – C of E website http://www.mentalhealthmatters-cofe.org/
- Movements such as ‘Places of Welcome’ https://www.placesofwelcome.org.uk/
- Parish nursing, https://parishnursing.org.uk/
- UK Minority Ethnic Mental Health Toolkit (Mission and Public Affairs, C of E 2018) https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2018-06/170312%20UKME%20Mental%20Health%20Toolkit.pdf
- Hope in depression’ Course https://www.facebook.com/hopeindepressioncourse/
- ‘Lifting the lid’ – 6-week course. https://www.livability.org.uk/resources/lifting-the-lid/
- Mental Health training programme developed for St Mellitus; contact Julian via the SRN ‘contact us’ link, or email email@example.com
Suicide awareness and prevention
- CALM (Campaign against living miserably) https://www.thecalmzone.net/ (male suicide)
- Papyrus https://www.papyrus-uk.org/ supporting teenagers and young adults.
- Railway pastors.
- Suicide Awareness First Aid – Zero Suicide Alliance free self-training video https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/
Working in partnerships
- ‘Hear here’ – Guildford Diocese project in
partnership with NHS, training volunteers to maintain hearing aids.
More information from Tracey.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Links between local clergy and GPs surgery.
- Renew Wellbeing Cafes helps churches open spaces of welcome and inclusion in partnership with mental health teams http://www.renewwellbeing.org.uk/
- Justice Mail https://www.justicemail.org.uk/
- Heads Together (Royal Foundation and campaign on mental health) https@//www.headstogetjer.org.uk
Spirituality, liturgy and worship
- Forest Church https://www.facebook.com/groups/forestchurch/about/ and http://www.mysticchrist.co.uk/forest_church – encourages outdoor worship
- Royal College of Psychiatrists and leaflet on spirituality https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/workinpsychiatry/specialinterestgroups/spirituality.aspx
- Make use of special ‘days’ in the church calendar and services eg
- ‘Time to talk’ day 9 February https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/about-us/about-our-campaign/time-to-talk
- World Mental Health Day 10 October
Mental health and employers
- ‘Time to change’ https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/ includes a workplace pledge
- Mindful Employers Charter
Other related organisations and charities
- Alzheimer’s Society https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
- MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/
- Rethink https://www.rethink.org/ (Rethinking mental health)
- Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/
Conversations on mental health
- Heads Together: https://www.headstogether.org.uk/the-conversation-2/conversation-films/
- Archbishop of Canterbury
End of post