Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters Conference 2017

Tickets have just gone on sale for this year's Mental Health Matters Conference, taking place at Cliff College from 2nd - 4th June 2017.

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS is open for all who want to learn how the church can promote mental health and reach out to those affected by mental illness. It will be particularly helpful for church leaders, youth workers, lay employees and anyone involved in pastoral care or outreach in their community, church or workplace.

Through keynotes speeches and workshops, you will gain essential tools to help make the church a welcoming, inclusive, understanding and caring environment.

This year's theme is 'Sharing the Journey,'and keynote speakers include Kate Middleton, Director of Mind&Soul, and the Revd Dr Frances Young, theologian and Methodist minister.

Workshops will address issues such as mental health first aid, supporting those with depression, addressing mental health issues among young people, mental health and spirituality, and equipping churches to support those on the margins.

There will also be times for worship and reflection throughout the weekend.

PLEASE NOTE: Extended deadline! Early Bird ticket sales will close on April 30th 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: This follows an initial conference in 2015.

Book tickets here.

Ticket sales for residential places will close at 6pm on Friday 19th May 2017

Day passes will be available to book up until 1st June 2017

Please contact Jude Trenier for any details.

Mental Health Matters Flyer, 2017 (Pdf)

Draft Programme (Pdf)

Workshop & Keynote Choices (Pdf)

 

Mental Health Resources

Children & Young People

Mental health is an issue of growing concern among children and young people and those who work with them. In response to this Methodist Children and Youth have teamed up with Young Minds to produce resources. Click here to find out more.

Adults

1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in at some point in life.

Not Alone offers information and worship resources to raise awareness about mental health. The 10th October each year is World Mental Health Day. The worship resources and information on these web pages could be used on the nearest Sunday to that date, or at any other time a church wants to focus on these issues.

Isolation is a big problem for many people experiencing mental illness and churches can play an important part in reducing loneliness. Some churches run projects that offer support to people with mental health problems and many Christians work in caring professions and voluntary organisations that help in this area. If you would like to be inspired to do something similar, follow the link to stories of how Christians are making a difference,

Out of Solitary Places is a downloadable leaflet that explores these issues and offers practical ideas for how churches can respond. 

 

See also Mental Health Matters 2015: Equipping Churches to Respond 



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