Subject: Mental Health Training Day Sat 8th June
Many churches face the challenge of caring for people with mental health issues, which can range from low risk (depression, anxiety) to moderate risk (addictive personalities, self-harm, suicidal thoughts) through to severe risk (bi-polar, schizophrenia, voices) requiring medical intervention. Although we try to provide a loving, safe and welcoming place for all, very few of us have actually been trained and know how to support and care for people within our congregations who face these daily battles.
Because this is something we have been facing as a church over the last few years, we have organised a structured training day with Positive Futures North West for our pastoral team here. Positive Futures have many years of experience working in the community with people with mental health issues.
In conversation with a number of people, I am aware that we are not alone in facing these challenges, and many of you have expressed an interest in receiving such training too. We have therefore designed this training day for churchesministers, pastoral care teams and carersto come and receive some outside training in how to care for some of our most vulnerable people. If you, or members of your church pastoral care teams or even carers within your congregation would like to attend, you would be very welcome. We would however appreciate a £5 voluntary contribution per person to cover some of our costs!
To register and reserve places, please contact us on email@example.com / 01524 841941 by Monday 3rd June 2013.
For more information, please feel free to give me a call. Please also feel free to distribute this around your networks should you feel this would be of benefit to other churches you know
Pastor, Lancaster Free Methodist Church
Queen Street, Lancaster. LA1 1RX
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