Faith and community leaders from across Derby and Derbyshire are being given a pioneering opportunity to come together this Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May) to unlock their potential to improve the lives of people living with a mental health condition.
The Day of Vision and Action event is the brainchild of Chaplains from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the leading provider of the county’s mental health services, and will bring together health experts with over 100 faith and community leaders to increase their understanding of the mental illnesses that are affecting the Derby and Derbyshire population. There will also be a chance to find out about the local and national support that is available to help these people and their carers.
Empowering the faith community
Not only will the session provide specialist information and advice about mental wellbeing, but The Day of Vision and Action will also serve as the perfect opportunity to empower the faith community to offer a compassionate, safe and supportive environment for those experiencing common mental health difficulties, such as stress, anxiety and depression. Furthermore, Derbyshire Healthcare will make a commitment to continue delivering emotional wellbeing education to faith and community leaders to enable them to address the stigmas that are associated with certain mental disorders and to expand their knowledge about the latest developments and research in the field.
The Day of Vision and Action takes place on Tuesday 17 May at St Peter’s Church in Derby City Centre to coincide with the national Mental Health Awareness Week campaign, which this year recognises the importance of healthy relationships and the positive impact others can have on an individual’s wellbeing to protect and sustain their mental health.
"The faith community has a vast potential"
Andrew Hope, Chaplaincy Manager for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “Every year, one in four people living in the UK will experience a mental health problem which will often require treatment and/or therapy from professionally qualified practitioners. However, sometimes the little things can make a huge difference such as being listened to and understood by a trusted person or visiting a safe place to sit and reflect. We wanted to use this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week to highlight the important relationships faith and community leaders can provide to assist someone with their spirituality and emotional wellbeing.
“Studies show that as well as being active and maintaining a healthy diet, strong social networks are a crucial element to protecting our mental wellbeing. Mental Health Awareness Week will be about recognising this, and thanking the people that support us, reaching out to those who you can listen to and help, and campaigning to ensure that decision makers start addressing the barriers that stop people forming such important relationships.
“The faith community has a vast potential to offer people living with a mental health condition, particularly in the context of preventing the onset of a more severe mental illness, assisting in their recovery and avoiding relapse. We would like to use this occasion to empower faith and community leaders to feel confident in providing supportive and understanding hubs to people with a mental illness.”
Showcasing local mental health support
Local community groups, including Open More Doors, Rethink Mental Illness, Making Space, Renewing Minds and St Mark’s Community Centre, will be on hand to showcase the support that they can provide.
For further information about the Day of Vision and Action event call 01332 623700 ext 33358 or to book your place email DHCFT.CourseBookingLine@derbyshcft.nhs.uk