Promoting Mental Health in Churches
Published in March 2010
This report describes a successful two year pilot project undertaken by Social Action for Health in which lessons were learnt about reaching out to local black majority churches in east London to raise the issues of mental health, mental illness and to give information on services.
SAfH Mental Health Guides, lay people with experience of mental health services, ran interactive sessions with congregations using Christian imagery and language to develop awareness, challenge stigmatisation and encourage the churches to offer a warm welcome to people with mental health problems.
We are hoping that the lessons learnt can be utilised to build more positive relationships between local churches and local mental health services.