Time to Talk

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We're supporting a campaign to encourage people to talk about mental health issues on February 5th.

With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems we want to encourage churches to be places where we can talk and listen to each other. The Bishop of Liverpool has given this campaign his personal support and you can download and share his video and the videos of others aimed to encourage us to talk about the issues that affect us.

Churches should be places where we can talk,share, listen and pray about these issues. Where talking about our mental health is as natural as talking about any other health issues. Silence is not strength. It's time to talk.

Looking to talk to someone?

For information on local services, activities and tips to support your mental wellbeing contact www.wellbeingliverpool.co.uk or call the Healthwatch information team on 0300 777 7007
Rev Elaine introduces Jones the campaign - it's time to talk
Rev Elaine Jones, Chair of our diocesan mentalhealth forum introduces the campaign encouraging us to talk 

Bishop Paul supports time to talk
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes lends his support to the campaign to encourage all those in churches, and particularly men, to talk about mental health issues.

Young lads it's time to talk
Rev Malcolm Rogers reflects movingly on the funerals he has held for young people in his church and gives a strong message to all that it's time to talk. 

Silence is not strength
Rev Bill Sanders talks about his experience as chaplain to the fire service and the danger that macho cultures that exist in these areas mean men in particular don't want to talk about their problems. He argues that silence is not strength and that it is time to talk.

Men need to talk more
Rev Julian Raffay talks about the need for more men to talk about their mental health issues as he speaks candidly about his own experiences.


Resources to help you talk

There are so many people battling with mental health issues and often they find the church and Christians unable to understand or provide help and support.  This in turn makes them feel even more alone, or they end up stop engaging with God and faith.  A faith that seems to sometime suggest that following Jesus makes you happy.  Christians need more resources to help us support those battling with mental health issues.
Katharine Welby Roberts, daughter of Archbishop Justin has talked movingly about her battle with depression. She has taken her experience of her illness, and her feelings about the church and created an amazing new free web based resource. The Mental Health Access Pack which is now online. This free to use resource is packed with resources to help you in your ministry, to engage with and support those with mental health issues.




Church of England Mental Health Matters site



Time to change


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