Inclusive Church has profiled mental health issues for a number of years, recognising that it is a key feature that affects people within church life. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people live with mental health issues. This means that within our churches and communities we have a significant number of people for whom this is an issue, within congregations and the clergy.
At Inclusive Church we are very aware of ‘overlap’. People struggling with issues around poverty, disability, sexuality, gender, and ethnicity are also very likely to be living with some form of mental health issue.
Inclusive Church works to raise awareness about mental health issues within the wider church by profiling the issue at a number of events. (Greenbelt, the Church of England General Synod, Regional meetings).
Inclusive Church is working in partnership with The Society of Martha and Mary on a new, national, collaborative project with the aim of enabling people in ministry help themselves and their colleagues to live and work in ways that are healthy and life-giving. Click here for more infomation.
Mental Health: The Inclusive Church Resource
The Inclusive Church Resource book series is published by Darton Longman and Todd.
Designed as resource books for churches, each book has an introduction, theological reflection, stories from lived experience and a practical resource section
Books in the series include Disability by John Hull and Mental Health by Jean Vanier and John Swinton.
Sexuality by Susannah Cornwall, Poverty by Susan Durber, Ethnicity by Michael Jagessar and Gender by Rosemary Lain Priestley.
The introduction to the Mental Health book is by Eva McIntyre. The theological reflection is by Jean Vanier (2015 Templeton Prize Winner) and John Swinton.
The book has stories of lived experience - including Paul Taylor's story
This is a really exciting project for Inclusive Church and we are proud to be working in partnership with DLT.
A comment in from someone who has read the first 2 books:
"Have just received the first books, and dived into one of them. They are excellent, and all churches should have them for the clergy, and PCC."Buy Now