Well Being & Mental Illness Event
Monday 26th February
St Nicholas Church, Bridge Rd, Crosby, Liverpool L23 6SA
We are all aware of our physical well being, however, as a nation we tend not to think about our mental well being. At St Nicholas Church we recognise the growing need to support both our congregation and the wider community with mental well being.
What do we mean by mental well being? As with physical well being – we all have mental well being. You may have fantastic mental well being, but the likelihood is that at some point in your life your mental well being will need some TLC too. The spectrum to consider is wide, ranging from supporting people who may be feeling isolated or lonely, to guidance and support for individuals and families who may be dealing with difficult mental health diagnoses. Throughout life we will all experience periods of increased stress, unwelcome change and grief, all of which impact our mental well being and our ability to function at the level we are used to. 1 in 4 people will experience depression in their life. Anxiety related conditions manifest in many ways and some of us will be diagnosed with more sever conditions such as bipolar, psychosis and schizophrenia and of course, as we age, dementia becomes a significant threat to us all. In truth, if we don’t experience poor mental well being ourselves, there is a great likelihood that we will experience it second hand and be in a position where we need to support someone in pain.
At St Nicholas Church we want to support people facing a difficult time. We have started by Kathryn Smith, Gill Bell and Keith Thornborough talking together about this, we have ideas including a ‘friendship café’, ‘craft & art group’ and ‘walking group’ to try to improve isolation and loneliness in the community and ‘mental health focus group’, ‘peer support groups’ and ‘buddying systems’ for individuals and families dealing with more demanding mental well being issues. Other ideas may come to light as we gather a group together.
We would like to talk more about these ideas and to make sure we focus our energies in the correct place we’d like our community to guide us on what is needed. We will be holding an open talk mental well being session on 26th February at 8pm in the church hall. In this session we will have a ‘This is Me’ testimonial from Kathryn Smith discussing her experiences with mental illness. We will hope to discuss what ‘Well Being and Mental Illness’ means to you, and we will seek input and suggestions to future initiatives to help support the community further. This session is for anyone feeling isolated and lonely, with first or second hand experience of mental health issues and for anyone who has a general interest in mental well being within our communities. Please come along to help start the conversations.