Ahead of the Presence in Brokeness LifeCall event on 10th November, Revd Elaine Jones speaks about how we, the church, can respond.
We asked Elaine firstly to explain how big an issue is mental health in our society today.
“With austerity measures now taking a hold many public services are being affected including mental health service. Yet approximately 1 in 4 people will at some time in their life experience a problem with their mental health, some will have family and friends who will do their best to support them, whilst others may have to cope alone.”
How big a role should we as the church play in dealing with this issue?
“We believe that many churches can play a part in reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time and some of the best people to help are people who themselves may have experienced mental ill-health. Naturally we can only try and complement what professional services have to offer but something as small as just taking the time out to show you care can go a long way.
This is what we want to highlight at “The Presence in Brokeness” life call event. As such it will be of value to anyone who is looking to raise awareness about mental health and dementia in their church or ministries.”
Tell us more about the event. What can people attending expect?
“At the event, information stalls will be available relating to the importance of exercise and mental health, the benefits of singing, simple activities we can offer in church and information about mental health amongst asylum seekers.
The evening will open with the Ichoir, a community choir that enjoys the benefits singing can have on their mental wellbeing. Our guest speaker is Fr Daniel O’Leary, a priest, teacher and author who will be speaking about the importance of “presence”, that of God’s presence and how we can be present for another. There will also be an option of two workshops, one focusing on mental health and the other on dementia and ways in which we, the church, can respond.”
Tuesday 10th November 2015
Sir Giles Gilbert Scott Suite
refreshments from 7pm
How to book
This is a free event but booking is essential through Eventbrite
Eventbrite - Lifecall: Presence in Brokeness