Related Lif (in house) training:-

27 January 2020 Seriously Messy- Helping Families as They Cope with Death (also 28 April)

28 March 2020 Mental Health and Prayer 

29 April 2020 Introduction to Church, Spirituality and Dementia

30 April 2020 How to plan a quiet day


Derbyshire Mental Health Awareness Training from Derbyshire County Council



Time to talk day 6 Feb 2020.


Supporting Good Mental Health with film clips from a recent Conference (Oct 2019) run by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Includes 10 daily reflections.

Small Talk Saves Lives

There is a 20% increase in the number of times the public has acted to prevent suicide in the rail environment.


Childrens Commissioner for England speaks out on children and young peoples mental health

Briefing. Related blog from Children's Society.


Mind and Soul Foundation resources.

In-house training is available, for example 'Being a more inclusive Church' and 'Church Spirituality and Dementia'.



Derbyshire resources 


Getting help in a crisis see click here


Alzheimers Society have the Dementia Support Contract for Derbyshire.


The Alzheimer’s Society deliver this service in Derbyshire (excludes City).The service offers one to one support, Memory Cafes, Carers groups and Singing for the Brain across Derbyshire.
Referrals for the service should be made to email or tel: 01332 208845. Their website has an enormous wealth of information. Dementia Friends Training is recommended.

Derby City Dementia Support is offered by Making Space email or tel: 01332 497640.


Dementia friendly film showings and booking.


East Midlands Suicide Awareness Project:

Half day awareness training or search Eventbrite for ‘Suicide awareness seminar’. This project is located at Rural Action Derbyshire (formerly Derbyshire Rural Community Council).


Mental Health First Aid

Courses are run nationally and local availability is listed on the Training pages  - external organisations tab or search 'Eventbrite'.


National Dementia Helpline: 0845 300 0336. On line support: Talking point

Alzheimers Society offer a course  'Dementia friends' which is recommended.  contact 01332 208845 web:   



  • The steering group who worked on these issues has closed November 2018. Stella Collishaw remains linked with local networks on behalf of the Diocese and will support you in developing work with your community to improve wellbeing and raising awareness of it.


  • National resource 'Promoting mental health' see below.



  • One recommendation is participation in Christian quiet days. Quiet Days allow participants to simply make space from the busy pace and pressure of life. Time to reflect and step outside of usual routine is also of benefit. Local opportunities including those offered at the Convent of the Holy Name can be found on the Spirituality Group page.


  • 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 a day why not take a moment to slow down, be still, notice how you are feeling, listen to your breathing, take a moment to shut off the 'to do' list, sense with your spirit, find a prayer-like space without words, remain for a few moments, then sense the presence of God. You may choose to pray with us today  click here



What's happening?


In house training with full details can be seen on the Learning in Faith. Courses are free to parishioners in Derby Diocese including:-

Suicide Awareness training is available Autumn 2019, Swadlincote, Doe Lea, New Mills, Erewash, Darley Dale. Booking or notification of next courses email.

Derbyshire County Council, training opportunities includes Mental Health First Aid for Clergy, Youth and Childrens leaders.


Recommended resources

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 new 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 most recently by the Samaritans.

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