The Magazine - September-October 2017
Casting light on mental health
Articles in this issue...
The battle on the front line of mental health service funding
I am often asked from where my interest in mental health stems, and partly it is born out of personal experience. I had postnatal depression and, although not severe in comparison to others, it was enough to make me aware.
Rest – Enjoy – Pray
As I write this I have recently returned from a General Synod meeting in York. We go to York each year in early July, meeting and staying on York University campus; it is a delightful setting and usually the atmosphere is noticeably more relaxed and friendly than when we meet in the business-like atmosphere of Church House in London.
Mental health matters
Mental health professional shone Jackson discusses with three people how church has impacted their mental health, positively or negatively; how their mental health impacts their faith; and what advice they might like to give readers who would like to know how they and the church can help those with mental health problems.
Hearing Voices – sharing experiences of struggles with mental health
Hearing Voices is a forum organised between Norwich cathedral with the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust and the Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust where people can come and share their struggles with mental health.
Recovering friendly church – join the conversation
The Revd Patrick Jordan extends an invitation to join a new network in the diocese discovering how we can practically approach the issue of mental health illness and wellbeing in our local communities.
Churches can provide mental health friendly communities
Emilie Ruddick, mental health professional in North Norfolk explains how churches are stepping up to support their local communities.
Priest in the night
Dialling 999 here gets you in touch with our police, ambulance or fire services. There is a very different approach in Sweden. Phone their national emergency number 112 at night-time and you are also given the option to speak to a priest on duty from the Church of Sweden. Canon pastor of the cathedral of Stockholm, Ulf Lindgren, has spent many nights on the helpline.
Wellbeing in church schools
Working in our church schools is a real privilege. It is so rewarding to see children develop, acquire new skills and interests and make great progress during their formative years.
I would stop at nothing to end everything
Ten per cent of children and young people (ages 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem yet 70 per cent of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age*. Norfolk teenager Hannah Green share her story of how her faith has helped.
Mental health first aid
As a volunteer with North Breckland Youth for Christ I work with a variety of young people in school lunch clubs, youth cafés and other events. Over the years I’ve seen young people struggling with their emotions and mental wellbeing for reasons such as bullying, bereavement, and family breakdown.
Championing Mental Health at Norwich Cathedral
Andy Bryant explores the way the Cathedral is helping those struggling with their mental health.
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