The idea of Our Health is essentially a spiritual concept that underlies faiths and philosophies everywhere: Pursue with others what you wish for yourself. If we want to embrace health for ourselves, then, as social persons, we will do so most effectively as we act together.
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'Bring Me Sunshine'
is an occasional event that takes place at St Michael and All Angels Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire. Local complimentary therapists give free taster treatments and a qualified counsellor runs 'stress busting' workshops, visualisation and teaches coping strategies for anxiety, stress and depression. There is a bookstall, meditation corner, fair trade stall focussing on healthy snacks and treats and related gifts such as incense, relaxing oils, candles and beads. Lunch is provided by Church volunteers and the day is free, although donations are accepted.
HolyTrinity Upper Tooting Dementia Project
At Holy Trinity Upper Tooting they are running a monthly Act of Worship designed for people living with dementia and their carers. After the Act of Worship, the Alzheimer's Society runs 'Clover Cafe' in the Church hall to offer the chance for people to share their experiences and find support. Holy Trinity Dementia Project
The history of mental health care in Birmingham from the Victorian asylums to the present day will be uncovered, thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery fund (HLF).
A joint project between mental health charity Shared Voices and My Time Community Interest Company, it aims to create not only a lasting record but also a better understanding of the subject.
Service users of the charity will be recruited and trained in oral history techniques and archive skills to enable them to research and record the history of mental health and the treatment of patients in Birmingham.
St John's Church, Chilcompton, in Somerset
In our church we recognised that
we have many people who live with mental illness within our community, and that perhaps their emotional
needs are overlooked, misunderstood or worse, ignored. We wanted to try to
support them more actively, and so we set up the “The Sharing Hope Group”.
We meet once per month, to
share the love of God with those who are suffering with distress or upset. We
offer a non-judgemental and listening-ear, and understanding to those who are
suffering, and seek a sense of hope in the middle of sadness
The group aims to provide an
informal place to come and share or to just ‘be’ with others, in a friendly,
loving and trusting environment. There is tea and cakes, and opportunities to
share concerns and worries, and for prayer. We enjoy friendship and fun together
It is not therapy, but an informal opportunity to come and look for hope, and to be supported by each
We try to be very inclusive, so that weall share in each other’s burdens. Weall
struggle with life at times- so there is no clear leadership within each
session as such- we try to all support each other. The group always ends with a
short prayer, mediation or thought for the day, and the opportunity for group
members to have prayer ministry if they wish.
are very blessed that within the team who run it we are able to offer a range
of different skills- someone who has worked in mental health for many years, an
experienced nurse, as well as people who have suffered with mental health
problems themselves, so are able to contribute to the session with personal
group has been running for 6 months now, and we have had 8 people regularly
attending. We are slowly growing to understand each other’s needs, and learning
how we can support each other more effectively. It is still early days, and the
group will still evolve. If
you would like to know more about our group , please contact
Justine North Tel: 01761 232219