Mental Health First Aid
by Mel Evans
Mental health – it is a broad and complex topic. Our curate at Trinity Churches Charlotte Gompertz recently led a training session, ‘Mental Health First Aid’, a national course, at the Trinity Centre to better equip colleagues on the subject. With a background in psychiatric nursing Charlotte has first-hand knowledge and experience of supporting those struggling with mental health. With this issue affecting people from different backgrounds and different ages, directly or by supporting someone, it is becoming ever more important for people to know how to approach this taboo subject and to give them confidence to ask the difficult questions when necessary. To watch a short clip of the day please click here.
Those who came to the training found it helpful and motivating. Revd Rachael Farnham curate at Bayston Hill said:
“I’ve come across a few people both while I was doing my training and personally who have been affected by mental health conditions and I wanted to know better ways to be able to help them and understand where they’re coming from. I think the church needs to have a better understanding and be more open to the conversations. There is a lot of fear in being able to talk about mental health and what people might be going through.” (copied from Lichfield Diocesan Website)
The Diocese of Lichfield are also promoting a course called ‘Lifting the Lid’ which looks at characters of the Bible and mental health.
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