About the course
PLEASE NOTE: this free course is only open to those whose faith communities/groups are in Lambeth or Southwark. You may only book below if you have received the course password. This is available on the course information flyer which has been circulated to faith communities/groups in the area.
How to I get the course password?
If you haven’t been sent the flyer, but would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your faith community/group is within Lambeth or Southwark.
“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)
This 8-week training programme, consists of 10 modules designed to provide Black faith and religious groups/communities with some understanding of mental health. The course aims to help participants improve their spiritual and pastoral skills for supporting people experiencing mental health difficulties within their faith communities.
Participants 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 participants 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.
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 session on the 16th March. These will be available one week prior, on the 9th March.
Participants attending this course will:
- Improve their knowledge and awareness of mental health and illness
- Develop their 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 their faith communities
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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.