Talking about mental health and wellbeing
When it comes to wellness, there are many challenges out there in our communities and within our congregations. Young people have escalating mental health needs, for a complex variety of reasons; mental health services have been severely cut because of austerity – particularly for those in crisis. At the same time, our gospel vision promises us life in all its fullness, and there are deep resources within our Christian tradition to enable us to make a positive and healing contribution to the world around us.
The diocesan Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Group has a network of people with skills and ‘expertise by experience’ in mental health issues. We are lay and ordained, and bring a variety of perspectives to bear on the theme of wellbeing and mental health. Please get in touch if you would like to have a conversation, or hold an awareness-raising or training event in your parish or deanery. The group is co-ordinated by Alison Webster.
Alison Webster, Deputy Director of Mission (Social Justice)