Upcoming Training Events 2024

Flourish – A Churches’ Initiative on Suicide

Spring sees new initiatives commence for MindMatters!

We are delighted to announce the commencement of their 2024 mental health awareness programme.  This includes a new round of seed funding and an enhanced training programme, developed with the chair of the project, Bishop Pat Storey, and in partnership with the Representative Church Body.  You are encouraged to visit the project website or email the project team (Rebekah Fozzard and Eddie Hallissey) to find out more (see below).

Building on the success of the last three years, and particularly the inspiring seed funded projects, we are delighted to launch a second round of seed funding.  Application will open on Monday, 8th April, with the closing date of Friday, 14th June.   The aim of this grant is to help projects promote and support positive mental health in unique and exciting ways.  There will be two bands of funding available in this phase, and an application form must be completed and returned by 14th June.  Importantly, each application must sign to say that at least one member of the application team has attended the new online Mental Health Awareness training programme.  This is a pre-condition to receiving funding.  It is also expected that projects will fall within the four core themes of the project: Connections, Mental Health and Faith, Stigma Reduction and Clergy Supports.    We know it can be useful to see what others have done and so we have shared the many of the round one projects on our website. A copy is also available by emailing the project team: mhp@rcbcoi.org

Training:  In April/May, June and September/November we will be offering a wide range of training for clergy and church volunteers. This will range from online mental health awareness training, to training on ‘Building a Healthy Team and Dealing with Conflict’, ‘Stress and Resilience’ and ‘Preventing Burnout for Clergy and Volunteers’. These programmes will be delivered by our training partners, Action Mental Health and Clergy Support Trust (UK). Full details will be available on our website or from the project team: mhp@rcbcoi.org.  We will also be working closely with each Diocese to share information about the training courses and hope you find them of benefit.

Mental health is an issue that affects people in every part of the community. Through this initiative the Church of Ireland is seeking to make its contribution to a community-wide commitment to promoting positive mental health.

Contact Details

  • Project Chair: Bishop Pat Storey, bishop@meath.anglican.org
  • Project Team: Rebekah Fozzard / Eddie Hallissey, mhp@rcbcoi.org / +353 1 4125660 / Church House, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Celebrating MindMatters!

A video celebration of our successful MindMatters conference at Dublin’s Radisson Blu Hotel in October is now available, complete with interviews with Bishop Pat, Archbishops John and Michael, and project leaders.

Thank you to all who took part and shared their stories. Keep encouraging each other as the short days and dark nights continue!

Find out more about our all–island mental health initiative at https://mindmatters.ireland.anglican.org

With thanks to Benefact Trust for its generous support.



Cultivating Mental Wellbeing in Rural Ireland – Free Conference

By the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise on 20th November 2023

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/cultivating-mental-health-in-rural-ireland-conference-tickets-755613419077?aff=oddtdtcreator


MindMatters Voices

Keep an eye on our Voices page of the @CoiMindmatters website as we aim to keep the conversations around mental health, connections and combatting stigma going. #MindMattersVoices #MindMattersCOI #Mentalhealth


Our newest MindMatters Voices post:

Bishop Pat Storey on encouraging open conversations around mental health and reducing stigma. @Storeyp
#MindMattersVoices #MindMattersCOI #Mentalhealth

Derry Samaritans seeks volunteers

Have you thought of volunteering at Samaritans? Come along to the Derry Samaritans information session on Wednesday 15th November at 7:30pm, contact derry.branchrecruitment@samaritans.org for more info.



Take Control with Stress Control

Sharing this fantastic free resource to help you manage and control stress. Stress Control is an online programme which is live for a limited period over the coming weeks: youtube.com/watch?v=Cwfh35 #mentalhealth #anxiety #stress


Meeting the mental health challenge in schools

Schools are experimenting with ways to ease the stress students are facing – not only from the pandemic, but from life itself.

Photo by Matthew Ball on Unsplash