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Mental Health

On October 5th 2019 Transformation Cornwall partnered with Truro Diocese and the Department of Spiritual and Pastoral Care at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to host ‘A Day on Faith and Mental Health’.

The aim of the day was to raise awareness and promote discussion among the faith and mental health communities in Cornwall. The day was a huge success with over 100 people joined together in Truro Methodist Church.

The day was mapped by a comprehensive resource document so people could be guided and follow up work with speakers and local and national initiatives in this area.

Transformation Cornwall works to:

Strengthen the network of Cornish mental health services so that they may continue to provide services that meet their community’s needs.

Highlight the work of the faith community in responding to people experiencing mental ill health such as:

Sanctuary Mental Health have produced 'Deeply Rooted: A Wellbeing Resource for Leaders during Coronavirus' which is designed to allow you to reflect on self-care in the midst of a season that may feel overwhelming, exhausting, and isolating. Free to download from their website, the resource aims to help you recognise the risk of burnout, invite you to connect with your experience, and encourage you to implement practical steps toward wellbeing.

Loss and HOPE is a coalition of organisations who feel passionately about churches of all denominations across the UK being equipped to support the bereaved. They have a wealth of resources and ideas on their website including a great section on 'Supporting Bereaved Young People'.

Cornwall Bereavement Network: Launched in March 2020, the network makes support easily accessible to those experiencing bereavement, whether that is through end-of-life care, funeral planning, legal services, counselling, or support groups.

Care for the Family: are a national charity promoting strong family life and offering help those who face family difficulties. The charity focus on the following areas of family life: marriage, parenting and bereavement. Great resources and support with a particuarly helpful COVID-19 section.

Together in Sussex: Together in Sussex is helping churches and communities across Sussex respond well to those experiencing poor mental health. Together in Sussex have a number of useful resources including their Faith and Mental Health report:

The Church of England has some great mental health resources on their website. Stating that: 'At all levels, the Church can be a voice for the voiceless, helping to reduce the stigma often associated with peoples' mental health'. Pages include: Five tips to deal with loneliness and isolation; 13 Daily Reflections and Minority Ethnic Mental Health Resources.

Flourish: Flourish Inter-Churches Suicide Prevention initiative formally started in 2013. Flourish aims to support churches to develop a focused and shared approach to addressing the needs of vulnerable people and people affected by suicide and to develop and provide appropriate training and good practice guidelines for clergy, church leaders and pastoral
teams. Flourish is a partnership between Lighthouse Ireland and clergy from across churches in Northern Ireland. The initiative has been developed in partnership with and supported by the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency. Flourish have an excellent website with a comprehensive library of resources.

The Catholic Mental Health Project: Supports the Catholic community to further develop spiritual and pastoral care for mental health.

Further work in this area:

Join the Cornwall Don’t flush your life away campaign.

Find out more about the wonderful Quiet Connections who supported our Day on Faith and Mental Health. Quiet Connections vision is 'Changing the culture of shame around those of us who are quieter by speaking the unspoken and reframing quiet'.

Contact Support After Suicide for a copy of their ‘Guidelines on Delivering Bereavement Support Groups’ booklet to look at developing a bereavement support group in your area, for a hard copy.

Sign up to the Faith Action Friendly Places Pledge for faith groups to make a commitment to be a place which welcomes and supports those struggling with their mental health.

Develop future events promoting World Mental Health Day.

Support future Truro Cathedral services for people affected by suicide.

Download the Samaritans Media Guidelines and best practice tips for reporting suicide and self-harm safely.

Catch up on the Mental Health Conference held by the Diocese of Peterborough - see article in Cross Keys February 2020 HERE.

    FMH doc

    Please download the resource document from the day HERE

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    "The day was brilliant. Apart from the excellent input up front and imaginative choice of seminars, the net-working that was going on was invaluable. Thank you so much for your hard work and vision."

    Archdeacon Paul Bryer