• 28 June 2022

Mental Health Awareness Training

The Church of Ireland Mental Health Promotion Initiative, MindMatters COI, is offering free Mental Health Awareness Training with new dates just added. 

The online training is free of charge, delivered online by Action Mental Health and will last no longer than two hours.

By the end of the session learners will:

  • Understand the meaning of mental health/mental ill health
  • Identify the most common mental health conditions, their symptoms, and their risk factors
  • Know how to sustain good mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Understand what it means to be resilient and why it is important
  • Understand relevant resources available in NI & ROI

Book via Eventbrite HERE

Why training?

Clergy and pastoral carers are often the first people approached by those experiencing mental health difficulties, and their day–to–day activity brings them in contact with people experiencing anxiety, illness, bereavement, the search for meaning, and suicide or self–harm.  Research has shown that the COI clergy require additional supports to provide mental health guidance to their parishioners, so this project will provide training and information supports that respond to the needs identified in the research.

It is critical that clergy are properly equipped to engage with such approaches and respond appropriately.  Clergy need to be supported to recognise, acknowledge and manage the impact on themselves of working with people struggling with mental health issues.