20 November 2012
A new web resource to encourage the Church's pastoral ministry
in the area of mental health, Mental Health
Matters, was launched today at a fringe meeting
during this week's sessions of the General Synod at Church House,
This new resource has been developed by Mental Health
Matters National Co-ordinator and member of the Church of
Committee for Ministry With and Among Deaf and Disabled People
(CMDDP), the Revd Eva McIntyre.
Eva said: "The Church is well-placed to make a significant
difference in the area of mental health. We can be a force to end
stigma, and we can also be a place of inclusion, welcome and
ministry. Mental Health Matters is working to make mental
wellbeing a priority in our churches today."
The site includes:
News and events
Pastoral and worship resources
Videos, podcasts, books and downloads
Resources on dementia
Projects and ideas
Finding support, and other useful links
The Ven Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale and Acting Chair of
CMDDP, said: "CMDDP warmly commends this new resource. The
Church is less than it is called to be when groups of people are
excluded and this resource will help churches to be more welcoming
and inclusive in their attitudes, worship and support of people
with mental health issues."
Signing the Time to
Change pledge in February, the Archbishop of Canterbury,
the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, said: "Mental health issues
touch the lives of every family and every congregation in England,
the UK and across the globe. It is time we assigned stigma and
discrimination to the history books, and started to talk more
openly about the issue as a way of breaking down stigma and
misunderstanding, and building more empathy and support for
recovery. As a society we must take more responsibility for the
negative attitudes that people with a mental illness face on a
Mental Health Matters involves collaboration between
the Church of England and ecumenical partners working on specialist
projects willing to share their work, expertise and experience.
Mental Health Matters is a project of
the Ministry Division's Committee for Ministry With and Among Deaf
and Disabled People.
The guest speaker at the launch was the Revd Neil Bunker, Mental
Health Community Liaison Priest for Westminster.
The Revd Eva McIntyre has been Vicar of Stourport on Severn and
Wilden since 2006, and has represented the Diocese of Worcester on
General Synod since 2009. Eva was trained in mental health during
her time as a prison chaplain and has a passion for work in this