A conference to explore how churches can better equip, understand & support those struggling with mental health challenges.
A full day’s programme includes presentations from Kintsugi Hope, Renew Wellbeing and Fegan’s Charities and explores issues around mental health in a church context.
It’s aim is to help equip churches as they seek to support those struggling with mental health issues, to gain a better understanding of the issues involved, what resources are available, and the benefits of professional support. It is hoped that the conference will give churches more confidence and insight into the needs of mental health sufferers and their families, offering hope and witnessing to God’s love.
Rachael Newham – author and Mental Health Friendly Church Manager at Kingsugi Hope, will be joined by Lynette Brooks, Relationship Manager, to explore how church should be a part of the answer in supporting people through mental health challenges, how to overcome the stigma for Christians who suffer, how the Bible aligns with healthy wellbeing, and the benefits of a safe, friendly environment where it’s okay not to be okay.
Ian Soars is the CEO for Fegans – a Charity that works alongside families and churches to help children and young people struggling with mental health problems through counsellors and family care support. Ian will be talking about the current crisis in mental health in our schools and families, and offers considerable experience and resources to give churches more confidence in supporting those on a journey to healthy wellbeing.
Mary Byrne and her team at Community Church Exmouth will be sharing her hopes for the Renew Axis Cafe she runs, working with Renew Wellbeing offering a safe space for friendship and prayer and talking about the Charity and it’s vision.
There will also be presentations around the importance of finding professional help and understanding how churches can work with, and support, individuals who need extra, trained help, as well as the benefits of good mental health for those who minister and lead churches.
There will be a resource hall at the venue where organisations will be available to talk with our speakers, and gather information and resources.