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Mental health & wellbeing

Thinking of mental health and wellbeing, the Church has a great deal to say about what it means to be human with all its fragility, weakness and vulnerability alongside capacity for growth, development, wholeness, healing and the building of relationships. It is also able to offer alternatives to state provision and thinking about health and care.

Study day – Birmingham – 10 July 2018

The Social Responsibility Network arranged a study day for members and colleagues to share ideas, experience and resources on work with mental health and wellbeing and to talk about areas where the Church can make a contribution or a difference. Underpinning the conversations during the day was the fundamental importance of honouring the reality and gifting of each individual, using an asset-based community development approach in working with mental health and co-production with ‘experts by experience.’

Key Issues identified

Discussions in the morning identified a number of key issues that were addressed in more detail in workshops in the afternoon:

• Contextualised services and support for people moving back into the community.
• Theology and language used around mental health and wellbeing.
• Resources that are available, and what is missing that would be helpful. (A list of resources is now available!)
• Liturgy and spirituality. (see one example on this subject here!)
• Links between the Church and other professional organisations and services.
• Issues for dioceses.
• Campaigning and prevention. (For example Zero Suicide Alliance)

Top three discussion points…

Three sentences captured the thinking of the group discussions in the morning:
• No decision about me without me.
• Wellbeing and recovery depends on patient, personal agency.
• Broken people together can make whole communities.

Final thoughts

Some comments and questions from the day:
• There is more hope that a faithful parish church will be able to provide support than diocesan structures. It offers features that promote mental health – connection, belonging, identity, acceptance, meaning, a role, etc. But don’t give up on the diocese!
• Symptoms, not causes, are often being addressed.
• We can share insight that mental illness can be a spiritual / transformative experience.
• What will be the role of the Church in the political / social / economic map in the next 10-years? We need to begin to engage with these issues now.
• How do we make connections with other professionals and join things together? A good start would be to talk to people already in our churches who are working in mental health.
• Campaigns are based on engagement – does the Church own its investment in mental health?
• Talk to the most vulnerable people in the church about a spirituality that works for them.
• Affirm the importance of communities, love and relationships.
• Where is God calling me?

Prepared by Ann Wright, SRN, 2/8/2018

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A Prayer for World Mental Health Day

By Alison Webster

God of compassion,
You meant us to be both fragile and ordinary.
Silence the voices that say we are not good enough,
Haven’t achieved enough,
Haven’t enough to show for our lives,
That we are not enough.
Help us to know that we are treasure,
We are prized,
We are cherished,
We are loved.
Infinitely.
By you.
So be with us in our corrugations of feeling:
When our hearts are in downward freefall, be with us
When our minds race with anxiety, be with us
When our throats close in fear, be with us
When sleep will not come, be with us
When waking hurts, be with us.
In the name of Jesus,
Who knew trauma, abuse, despair and abandonment
And has nothing but love for us,
Amen.

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Community Engagement – Livability

Mental Health in the community

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The March 2018 edition includes an article by David Primrose entitled:

Let’s change the culture of our churches by lifting the lid on mental health

Other articles in this edition include:

Christians in Practice – connecting discipleship and community engagement

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Prayer for use in Dementia week

God of hope and resurrection,
you know us better than we know ourselves,
and draw us to peace and wholeness in your love.
We remember before you
those who are unable to remember their own lives.
Guard and treasure their lost memories for them,
and hold their past in your safe hands,
that when the death of the body comes,
you may bring them to the full life of the resurrection,
restore and heal the memories of their lives,
and give them back to themselves,
that we with them may rejoice in your love,
and find the fullness of life in your presence,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Thank you to Doug Chaplin, Worcester Diocese for permission  to publish this prayer.

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Richard Kirlew: ‘Mostly hills and sheep’

2014-10-07 18.57.29Mostly Hills and Sheep; a Rural View offered by Revd Richard Kirlew, National Lead Rural Life Adviser, Church in Wales.

Richard has a passion for rurality and finds this means pushing boundaries and working outside the box, with farmers, farming unions, charities and very small rural communities, pub ministry.

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