ON TRAC: Spiritual and pastoral care
This free, 8-week course aims to provide Black faith and religious groups or communities with an understanding of mental health issues, and help you improve your spiritual and pastoral skills for supporting people experiencing mental health difficulties.
Please note - the course is only open to members of faith groups in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon
You will be provided with opportunities to meet mental health professionals, to find out more about their role and how the mental health system works. Group sessions will help you develop skills around active listening and how to engage with, and support congregation members who may be experiencing difficulties.
We will also discuss wider issues such as stigma, mental health inequalities, barriers to accessing help within the Black community, and creative ways that we can work together to improve this using culturally tailored approaches.
Book using the course PIN code
You may only register for access to the online materials if you have received the course code, which is available on the course information flyer circulated to London faith communities/groups.
If you haven’t been sent the flyer, but would like access, please email the contacts below confirming your faith community/group is within Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon.
- firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Louisa Codjoe, Lead Researcher
- email@example.com Tania Bunce, Project Administrator
“Spirituality can help people maintain good mental health. It can help them cope with everyday stress and can keep them grounded. Tolerant and inclusive spiritual communities can provide valuable support and friendship.” (Mental Health Foundation, 2007)
A well-structured pastoral engagement with faith/religious community members can help reduce isolation and stigmatisation, people with mental health may face within their communities. If you feel inspired to work with members of your faith group around issues related to mental health, then we would encourage you to sign up!
Please complete the introduction and module one e-learning modules in advance of the first live group session, these are available when you book on the course.
- If you have queries about the course content and format please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Improve your knowledge and awareness of mental health and illness
Develop your ability to support people within their congregation experiencing mental health difficulties
Develop the skills and confidence to work with mental health services to promote mental health awareness and help-seeking within your faith communities