Mental Health

Inclusive Church has profiled mental health 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 conditions. 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 condition.

Inclusive Church works to raise awareness about mental ill health within the wider church by profiling the issue at a number of events. (Greenbelt, the Church of England General Synod, Regional meetings).

Mental Health Matters resources

Inclusive Church is now the host for the Mental Health Matters resources which were originally developed for the Church of England. You can browse and download any of the resources here.

The Sheldon Hub

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."

Books can be ordered from the publishersor download an order form here. 

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Video Resources

External Resources

For details of organisations working on mental health check out St Luke's Healthcare. Details of Mental Health Matters and Time to Change are on our links page.