Wellbeing and Getting Help
Mental Health and Wellbeing
One in four people experience a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime. This is as true for those in the church as anyone else. The effects of mental health problems can be huge. Given the newly challenging times we are living in with coronavirus, it’s even more important that we take steps to support good mental health for ourselves and others, both reactively and proactively.
Web Resources (many specifically tailored for the Covid-19 period)
Emergency mental health help and support
- Local Authority information for emergency help and support for people suffering and carers, with specialist links
- The Mental Health Foundation brings together a brilliant range of national organisations to contact, or read their resources
- The Children’s Society has a helpline/email service, and excellent webpages on particular issues
- Our Coastal and Rural page has links for charities working with farming and fishing communities
- The NHS’s new “Every Mind Matters” campaign launched in April 2020 is well presented with useful links & videos. Read the 10 Top Tips if you’re worried about coronavirus, Looking After Children & Young People During The Outbreak, and a Mind Plan ‘quiz’ which generates tailored wellbeing ideas for this period.
- Our Covid-19 wellbeing page – with links to quiet day resources, thoughts on coronavirus ‘trauma’, pastoral care counselling, etc.
- The Church of England’s new ‘Supporting Good Mental Health’ downloadable booklet – this has reflections and ‘have a go habits’, including pages on isolation, loneliness, use of time, talking, focus, sleep, mourning, worry, etc. It is also available in shareable segments here.
- The Church of England’s 10 top tips for ministers and other offering pastoral support, and to help look after ourselves, during Covid-19.
- The Church of England’s Minority Ethnic Mental Health Toolkit – to raise awareness and provide information for church leaders, workers and chaplains.
- Top tips for looking after yourself while home-working – watch this short video from Mental Health First Aid England
- 5 great resources on supporting people with dementia (and yourself as carer) during lockdown (and generally) from Alzheimer’s Society
Help for clergy and those working for the Diocese of Exeter
If you work for the Diocese of Exeter and want to know what support is available to you, please visit our Well Being for Clergy and Staff page.
Direct Resources For Churches
- We are planning ‘Mental Health First Aid‘ training opportunities for mental health champions, once social distancing ends. To express interest, please contact Chris Keppie on 07889 589644 or email Chris
- The Children’s Society give talks at church services on issues facing children & young people and the work they do to help them. If you would like more information please click here.