Mental Health Matters - The Church of England's resources for Mental Health issues.
Now available for you to download:

The Chester 1 in 4 Pack - a parish resources pack on mental health. Devised and produced by the Diocese of Chester Mental Health Forum.

Click on the download to acquire your free copy!
Chester Pack 1 in 4.pdf (PDF — 560 KB)

 Understanding Mental Health - a guide for parishes from Oxford Diocese

UMH Nov 2012 PDF.pdf (PDF — 170 KB)

Think Twice
An organisation aimed at delivering mental health training and (in the future) resources for young people and those who care for them. At present they have a website, Facebook page and Twitter feed and we can provide training sessions and speakers on the topic of mental illness. Follow the link to find out more 

Planning an event in your Church or Chaplaincy
If you are thinking of organising an event around the topic of mental health, this excerpt from the Church of England's 2005 document
“Promoting mental health:A resource for spiritual and pastoral care” 
has useful tips and recommendations.

Livability Access Pack

The charity Livability has produced an Access pack to help Churches look at welcoming people living with mental health - it's available here

Resource on Autism and Mental Health

When Autism and Mental Health collide; link provided by Anne Memmott, autism advisor

An online training resource for newly appointed healthcare chaplains has been launched

Church of Scotland Resources 
on Mental Health and Well Being

A range of resources are available on their website 

Mental Health First Aid training courses are available to help your parish or group better support people with mental illness and to know when and what sort of help to seek. This course trains and enables the participants to provide initial support to someone with a mental health problem. Those who participate, receive a course manual and a certificate. For more information on Mental Health First Aid Training, click on the Mind logo.
Mind also provide ASIST a suicide prevention training course for key workers. For more information, click on the ASIST logo.

Mental Health and Healing Ministries  - how to approach this issue in a mental health context.
byRevd Christopher Newell
Chaplain in the Dept of Spiritual and Pastoral Care, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Planning a Training Event
It's really important that people wishing to provide any services in mental health should receive some training. As well as the Mind Mental Health First Aid training course, you may wish to host a training course, using professionals and service users. This excerpt from the Church of England's 2005 document
"Promoting mental health; A resource for spiritual and pastoral care'  has some important tips and recommendations.

For more detailed but user friendly information about mental illness and services visit the Royal College of Psychiatrists' website.
This interesting site from the USA has some good resources

Pathways to Promise is an interfaith cooperative of many faith groups. We provide assistance and are a resource center which offers liturgical and education materials, program models, caring ministry with people experiencing a mental illness and their families. The resources are used by people at all levels of faith group structures from local congregations to regional and national staff.

Building Resilient Communities
Mental health charities Mind and the Mental Health Foundation have published ‘Building Resilient Communities’ a new report that sets out the practical steps that can be taken by those commissioning local services or working in the community to promote wellbeing, build resilience and help to prevent mental health problems.
The research carried out for the report recognised that faith groups play a vital role in local communities, and in many cases are probably already doing things that improve the wellbeing and resilience of the people they work with. One of the recommendations of the report is that it will take a whole community to really address wellbeing and build resilience. Every contact an individual has with a member of staff or a volunteer is an opportunity to improve wellbeing, but in many places there is a lack of knowledge and confidence about what wellbeing and mental health are and how people can help.
You can find a most helpful training resource and booklet together with both the final report and a summary online here

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