At Lambeth Palace on Friday, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby supported the launch of Livability’s initiative to help churches respond to the challenge of mental health in their communities. At a day conference which gathered Church of England clergy to explore themes of mental health and wellbeing, Livability sponsored the event, with the Livability Community Engagement team present to offer resources and training. The conference featured workshops covering subjects from the impact of disability on mental health to the challenges facing young people, with over 100 delegates present from across the country.
Live Well Together is a one-day workshop that Livability facilitators are running in churches and communities. Based on our knowledge of both mental health and community development practices, we give simple models and practical guidelines that can help your church become a place where everyone thrives.
[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby”]I’ve seen how mental health problems impact not just a single life, but ripple out to affect families and communities. Too often, our response takes an individualised medical approach that focuses solely on diagnosis and treatment, overlooking the strengths each community can bring to help each other to live a healthy life. That’s why I’m pleased to commend Livability’s ‘Live Well Together’ workshop. It provides churches with the much needed tools to take a community approach to mental health, so that we can all thrive together.[/pullquote]
Livability’s Corin Pilling says ‘Churches have a unique opportunity to become places where it’s not only accepted to talk about struggles and find support, but also build practices that can help the whole community’s wellbeing. Live Well Together represents a vison of community in the Bible where our wellbeing is tied into that of everybody. Mental health is not just the priority of somebody experiencing difficulty- it’s something we all share. When we build a healthy community together, we live in a way which is able to include others as we learn to build resilience.’
[thrive_link color=’orange’ link=’https://livability.org.uk/resources/live-well-together’ target=’_self’ size=’medium’ align=’full’]Find out more, or to talk to the team about hosting a workshop in your church →[/thrive_link]