The current pandemic has caused significant disruption to all of our lives and cultivating good mental health is even more vital now than it ever has been. With increased uncertainty, heightened levels of anxiety and stress are almost inevitable, but with some simple preventative steps it is still possible to cultivate good wellbeing.
We have pulled together resources from a number of partners to help ministers and church leaders better understand how they can promote awareness of the need for good mental health and help those in their local communities who are struggling.
Here is a range of resources from free introductory sessions to a two day course that provides a qualification as a Mental Health First Aider.
Five Ways to Wellbeing - a video series from Christian Charity Phase in partnership with the SWBA
Courses from Mind
Mind offer a wide variety of courses - some are only open to residents of that particular county and some are subsidised for local residents but open to all.
Transpire Training offer free Mental Health Awareness webinars that are open to everyone
For those that would like to explore the issues in a bit more depth we can also offer the Cultivating good mental health workshop
This is a 90 minute workshop which explores;
What is mental health
Cultivating good mental health
Recognising anxiety in ourselves and others
Stress and stress management
Mental health resources and signposting
Mental Health First Aid
If you would like to explore this are in greater details we can also arrange to run a Mental Health First Aid course.
This full two-day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:
An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix
If you are interested in either of these two courses they can be run subject to demand, so please let Pam Kerley know.