Training and Supports
Mental Health Promotion Initiative
Mental Health Promotion Initiative
Clergy and pastoral carers are often the first people approached by those experiencing mental health difficulties, and their day-to-day activity brings them in contact with people experiencing anxiety, illness, bereavement, the search for meaning, and suicide or self-harm. Research has shown that the COI clergy require additional supports to provide mental health guidance to their parishioners, so this project will provide training and information supports that respond to the needs identified in the research.
It is critical that clergy are properly equipped to engage with such approaches and respond appropriately. Clergy need to be supported to recognise, acknowledge and manage the impact on themselves of working with people struggling with mental health issues.
We are delighted that over 475 people have attended the MindMatters COI Mental Health Awareness Training, delivered by Action Mental Health. This training is now closed.
“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”
“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”
“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”
“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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