Mental Health Promotion Initiative
Mental Health Promotion Initiative
Dioceses and Parishes are to submit applications for seed funding for local mental health promotion initiatives. Applications must address one of the four themes emerging from the research. The closing date for receipt of applications is the 29th of July, with funding available from early autumn.
The four themes are:
Stigma: there is a significant level of stigma in relation to mental health issues.
Connections: Connections play and important role in positive mental health.
Supporting clergy to support others: Clergy may benefit from additional training to support parishioners experiencing mental health issues and can feel unsupported in relation to their own mental health.
Faith as a support for mental health: Faith and prayer are important to the mental health of members of the Church.
“There could perhaps never have been a more appropriate time for a project such as MindMatters to emerge. As communities, families and individuals the Covid 19 pandemic has not only raised our awareness of the challenges around maintaining a healthy sense of wellbeing but it has also increased our appetite for robust, rigorous research to explore and understand these challenges”
“I am really encouraged by the understanding and recognition of the pivotal role the Church plays in mental health promotion…I am particularly heartened that the project team understand the importance of the project being needs led and I look forward to the results of the baseline assessment of the Church’s understanding of and ability to promote mental health”
“Mental Health Ireland admire the in-depth and sustainable approach taken in this project as it aims to support and respond to the mental health needs of the community”
“This is a very important area and no doubt would be of great benefit to those within the Church of Ireland and the wider community”
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