MENTAL HEALTH

Training

Mental health challenges are affecting a growing number of people in our society. It is estimated that at some point in their lives, 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental illness.

As Christians, we believe that God’s truth is applicable to all of life. We can’t ignore the mental health crisis that affects both people in our congregations, and people all around us. We recognise the need to understand these issues medically and be equipped to respond to them Biblically.

We recently invited Dr. Rachel Ruddy, one of the leaders of a church in Buxton and a practicing psychiatrist, to CCM:Academy to run a mental health workshop designed to help Christians understand and respond to mental health issues.

In this workshop, Dr. Ruddy covered the following topics:

  • Common misconceptions about mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Treatment and Recovery
  • Addictions
  • Suicide Prevention
  • How the Church Can Respond

These sessions have been recorded, and you can listen to them below:


 

Signposting Resources

  • Anxiety UK – Practical advice on anxiety problems (www.anxietyuk.org.uk)
  • Association of Christian Counsellors – Support Christians who are counsellors, and list of counsellors (www.acc-uk.org)
  • Big White Wall – Online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes (www.bigwhitewall.com)
  • Bipolar UK – Information and support for people with bipolar disorder (www.bipolaruk.org)
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists – UK site to find registered cognitive and behavioural therapists (www.babcp.com)
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – UK organisation to find registered counsellors and psychotherapists (www.bacp.co.uk)
  • British Psychological Society – UK body that has register of chartered psychologists (www.bps.org.uk)
  • Carers UK – Organisation to support carers (www.carersuk.org)
  • Depression Alliance – Information about depression and information about support (www.depressionalliance.org)
  • Eating Disorder Association – Information and advice about eating disorders (www.edauk.com)
  • Living Life to the Full – A practical site written by Dr Chris Williams, a Christian psychiatrist. Computerised CBT for depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem… (www.livinglifetothefull.com)
  • Maternal Mental Health Alliance UK – Support for mental health in pregnancy (www.maternalmentalhealthalliance.org)
  • Mental Health Foundation – Information site (www.mentalhealth.org.uk)
  • Mind – UK mental health organisation offering information and services (www.mind.org.uk)
  • Mind and Soul Foundation – Resources and information for churches about mental health (www.mindandsoulfoundation.org)
  • Mood Gym – Computerised CBT program for depression and anxiety (www.moodgym.anu.edu.au)
  • NHS – Good information booklets and information about services for all health conditions (www.nhs.uk)
  • Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust – Information leaflets and packs on different mental health conditions (www.ntw.nhs.uk)
  • Patient UK – General health site (www.patient.co.uk)
  • Rethink – Information and support services for people with schizophrenia (www.rethink.org)
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists – Good information leaflets (www.rcpsych.ac.uk)
  • Samaritans – Telephone, text and email support for people in crisis (www.samaritans.org)
  • Talk to Frank – Drug information including legal highs and support line (www.talktofrank.com)
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy – List of registered therapists (www.psychotherapy.org.uk)
  • Young Minds – Young people and parents mental health resource (www.youngminds.org.uk)