Audience participation

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 resources 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:

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:
https://togethernetwork.org.uk/uploads/shared/A4-Report-Faith-and-Mental-Health-Sussex.pdf Elle.Weaver@chichester.anglican.org www.togetherinsussex.org.uk

#FaithAndMentalHealth: Archbishop Justin Welby has recently launched the #FaithAndMentalHealth reflections
https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/supporting-good-mental-health

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:
www.wewillflourish.com

Further work in this area:

Join the Don’t flush your life away campaign https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/38681567/dont-flush-your-life-away-a3-posters-2018.pdf

Find out more about the wonderful Quiet Connections who supported the recent 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'. https://quietconnections.co.uk/

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: email info@supportaftersuicide.org.uk

Develop future events promoting World Mental Health Day https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day

Download the Samaritans Media Guidelines and best practice tips for reporting suicide and self-harm safely. www.samaritans.org/about-samaritans/media-guidelines

    FMH doc

    Please download the resource document from the day

    Contact us for more details:info@transformation-cornwall.org.uk

    "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