News last updated 7.2020

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Source: the Church of England website where you can hear prayers or find livestream.


Reflections and tips from the Church of England to support good mental health and coping with physical distancing 

Five ways to wellbeing blog from NEF a reflection on this advice in the current circumstances.


A review of app resources for people with Alzheimers and their carers.

Easy read advice about looking after yourself from Public Health England.

First Steps Eating Disorder latest information includes referral and self help information.


Rural: Advice on coping with physical isolation from Farmwell

pertinent advice from a neighbouring Diocese

Investing in your own Wellbeing The restrictions in place are likely to become more severe before they are relaxed, and they are likely to remain in force for months rather than weeks. It is therefore vital for each of us to look after ourselves and invest in our own wellbeing. Globally, locally and personally, the impact of the virus is at best grim and at worst bitterly distressing. If therefore there is any respect in which the radical change in the pattern of daily life offers you welcome space and freedom, please do not feel guilty about it. Please inhabit it gratefully.....I hope you will look for ways to use this ‘time out’ from ordinary routines to maximise your physical, emotional and spiritual fitness — if as seems likely, we are in for a long haul, that will prove important. If you have a garden, get out into it; if you have children at home, spend time with them; read books, watch films, walk the dog — be well and be gentle with yourself


Supporting Good Mental Health film clips from Archbishop of Canterbury Ocotber Conference.

Includes 10 daily reflections.


Small Talk Saves Lives Samaritans campaign.  Or tel: 116 123.


Childrens resources for you to use at home from Diocesan childrens adviser.

blog from the Children's Commissioner with links and information for your prayers for families and children.

advice from NSPCC


Mind and Soul Foundation resources.


Derbyshire resources 


Getting help in a crisis see click here or call 0300 790 0596 between the hours of 9am and midnight, seven days a week.

Community Response Unit help County Council webpage.


Alzheimers Society have the Dementia Support Contract for Derbyshire their website has an enormous wealth of information.

National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122.

On line support: Talking point 

Making Spacedementia support  Derby City email

Young Dementia UK

Derbyshire Carers Association:01773 743355 or email 


How to support your child’s wellbeing a parent’s guide see click here

Eating disorderFirst Steps Derbyshire 01332 367571  email


self help groups tel 01773 734989 Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service

Derbyshire Federation for mental health is on twitter and facebook for the latest updates.

Low? Hold on and go to Staying Safe


Hate Crime: local reporting  email or tel:01332 299449 or 07983261065. Anti Muslim Attacks  can be reported to Tell Mama email or tel 0800 456 1226. 



  • Stella Collishaw is the lead on community and mental health and links with local networks on behalf of the Diocese.
  •  National resource 'Promoting mental health' see below.
  • Quiet Days are a resource that can protect or improve wellbeing. Participants can simply make space from the busy pace and pressure of life and are supported by a spiritual leader. Take time to reflect and step outside of usual routine. Look up Local opportunities run in house and by other organisations. If you want to run a quiet day why not go to the next Learning in faith course on 'How to plan a Quiet Day'.
  • Insight on wellbeing from the New Economics Foundation '5 ways to wellbeing' is in the paragraph below. This scheme is widely adopted.
  • If you cannot take the time for a quiet day why not take a moment to slow down, be still, notice how you are feeling, listen to your breathing. Shut off the 'to do' list for a few minutes, sense with your spirit, find a prayer-like space without words, remain here for a few moments, and sense the presence of God. You may choose to pray with us today livestream or  pray or use this prayer                                                                                                                                                                      

God of Compassion,

You meant us to be both fragile and ordinary.

Silence the voices that say we are not good enough,

Haven’t achieved enough,

Haven’t enough to show for our lives,

That we are not enough.


Help us to know that we are treasure,

We are prized,

We are cherished,

We are loved.


By you.

So be with us in our corrugations of feeling:

When our hearts are in downward freefall, be with us

When our minds race with anxiety, be with us

When our throats close in fear, be with us

When sleep will not come, be with us

When waking hurts, be with us.

In the name of Jesus,

Who knew trauma, abuse, despair and abandonment

And has nothing but love for us,



with permission by Alison Webster, Oxford Diocese




What's happening? NB this page last updated 9.4.20


In house training  Learning in Faith has been postponed.


Recommended resources

 Derbyshire Mental Health Forum latest

Archbishop Justins conference on mental health autumn 2019 has associated published resources for supporting good mental health.

What promotes or helps wellbeing? ‘ active..take notice..keep learning..give..five ways to wellbeing, New Economics Foundation.

 ‘Promoting mental health. A resource for spiritual and pastoral care’,  Archbishops Council


An Ordinary Office. A resource aimed at including everyone of all abilities. Makaton option and audio version included.

Small talk saves lives campaign  in particular see Sarah's story which was shown to good effect at Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Partnership annual event chaired on that occasion by the Samaritans.


Mind tel: 0300 123 3393

Mental Health First Aid training is recommended and available locally enquire.

The Alzheimer’s Society have an informative website around dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. There is also the opportunity to train as a Dementia Champion to be able to lead the Dementia Friends course.

1:4. Mental health and your church. A resource for church communities’’, from Chester Diocese

 The Mental Health Access Pack from Livability and Mind and Soul.


The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact and Find Us

Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650


Map and parking information