JUST TALK

A new web resource to encourage the Church's pastoral ministry in the area of mental health, Mental Health Matters, was launched today at a fringe meeting during this week's sessions of the General Synod at Church House, Westminster. 
This new resource has been developed by Mental Health Matters National Co-ordinator and member of the Church of England's Committee for Ministry With and Among Deaf and Disabled People (CMDDP), the Revd Eva McIntyre. 
Eva said: "The Church is well-placed to make a significant difference in the area of mental health. We can be a force to end stigma, and we can also be a place of inclusion, welcome and ministry. Mental Health Matters is working to make mental wellbeing a priority in our churches today." 
The site includes:
News and events
Pastoral and worship resources
Videos, podcasts, books and downloads
Resources on dementia
Projects and ideas
Finding support, and other useful links
The Ven Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale and Acting Chair of CMDDP, said: "CMDDP warmly commends this new resource.  The Church is less than it is called to be when groups of people are excluded and this resource will help churches to be more welcoming and inclusive in their attitudes, worship and support of people with mental health issues."
Signing the Time to Change pledge in February, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, said:  "Mental health issues touch the lives of every family and every congregation in England, the UK and across the globe. It is time we assigned stigma and discrimination to the history books, and started to talk more openly about the issue as a way of breaking down stigma and misunderstanding, and building more empathy and support for recovery. As a society we must take more responsibility for the negative attitudes that people with a mental illness face on a daily basis."
Mental Health Matters involves collaboration between the Church of England and ecumenical partners working on specialist projects willing to share their work, expertise and experience.

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JUST TALK — 5 Comments

  1. Because i”m the first comment, the words I had to click in order comment are “No comments”. I mistook it for the facebook equivalent of “Like”. While this is a step in the right direction, I will take a wait-and-see position and click, “No Comment”.

  2. Because of today’s vote in General Synod against ordainging women as bishops, I suspect the CofE is CAUSING more craziness than it cures! O_x

    • Hey. This is great news! You should expect a letter in the mail any day now Mad One.

      Ooops. I forgot to read the last bit:

      Mental Health Matters involves collaboration between the Church of England and ecumenical partners working on specialist projects willing to share their work, expertise and experience.

      Just the usual crap-a-roony.

  3. There are times when I think that the current Archbishop of Canterbury has multiple personality disorder, since he seems to hold contradictory positions simultaneously. Oh wait! here in the States we call that Romnesia.