Mental Health Friendly Church
What makes a church a good one to go to if you are struggling with your mental health? Is it the fact they have a Counsellor on staff or have an annual Awareness Day? Or is it that they are aware enough to care, small enough to notice and moving slow enough to care.
Do you go to a Mental Health Friendly Church? Why not add it to our Directory
A Safe Place
On 8th May 2010, Rob Waller and Marion Carson met with about 50 people at ICC in Glasgow for a day to explore this topic further. Download audio and slides from the day below. Introduction - Audio. Seminar - Audio - Slides - Comments. The CLOTS guide - Audio [comedy... don't take too seriously!] - Cartoon. Summary and Conclusion - Audio
You will have worked out by now [if you have listened to the audio files above] that coming up with easy criteria for a Mental Health Friendly Church is not easy. See this article for more background.
We have been working with colleagues from Through the Roof
, and they think the best way forward is for us to allow churches to SELF-Identify - that is, to put themselves forward as having agreed to a statement.
This has risks [unfriendly churches may think they are friendly], but at least we have a situation where the church leadership are saying 'this is something we want to take seriously. Below this article is a statement that covers all types of mental health problems and disabilities as there are many similarities across this field. Also, the people at Through the Roof found that having simple things for physical disability such as a wheelchair ramp or hearing-aid loop were not always the most important things. It is the culture in the church that counts.
See some of the articles below for a range of criteria - which one could your church adopt?