How do we Live Well Together?

How do we Live Well Together?

10 October 2019 by Alison Tsang in Mental Health.

Mental health is something we all have in common. Yours may be robust or shaky; rarely considered, or a top priority, but we all have it. And every day, many in our community face challenges big and small to their mental good health.

Increasingly, churches find themselves on the front line when it comes to mental health crises, and as a result there are courses that provide essential information about mental health challenges and the best approach to emergencies. But little is said about how churches can commit to wellbeing, develop healthy habits and a culture of openness and mutual support. We believe that working together, churches can become communities where we can all flourish.

Our friends and partners at Livability have put together a one-day workshop on exactly this topic, particularly targeted at churches.

The day offers a chance to explore these questions and develop a plan of action to help each church grow good mental health as a community. Together, we explore each community’s story, discuss views that can help or harm our approach to mental health, and offer a chance to reflect on what the Bible has to say. By the end of the day, participants will identify steps that their church can take to become a place where we can ‘live well together’.

The day will cover :

  • What is mental health? Exploring our community’s response When perceptions help or hinder Living well, with or without a diagnosis: Recovery Perspectives from the Bible What good support looks like Real life examples: What’s our response? Taking action together Why choose Live Well Together?

Without a whole-church approach, mental health can be reduced to a crisis moment we respond to. But using the Live Well Together model, churches can build communities that don’t just react to crises, but flourish together day in and day out.

Monday 18th November, 2019, 10am - 4pm Edmonton Area Training Centre, Solar House 913 High Road, North Finchley, Greater London N12 8QJ Cost: £30 for individuals or £25 for groups of two or more

Attending this workshop will give you the time and space to reflect on your church’s response to mental health. It will give you simple models that you can start to use immediately. And it will give you the chance to share learning and concerns with others in similar situations.

The material has been developed with significant input from both those with lived experiences of mental ill health and mental health professionals.

For more information or to book:

Alison Tsang

Alison Tsang

Alison heads up Compassionate Communities for the Diocese of London, particularly leading on issues around Financial Wellbeing, Modern Slavery & Refugees, and the Climate Crisis.

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