Mental Health Promotion Initiative
This project aims to transform the understanding of and attitudes and responses towards mental health, within the Church of Ireland and the wider community. It has been made possible by a significant grant from Allchurches Trust – one of the UK and Ireland’s largest grant-making charities. To participate in this research please email XXXX to register your willingness to participate including your link to the Church of Ireland.
Mental Health promotion impacts the entire community. The project will therefore seek to actively integrate with other state and voluntary agencies engaged in mental health promotion. The existing evidence does show that Clergy and pastoral carers are often the first people to be approached by those experiencing a mental health difficulty, and their day-to-day activity brings them in contact with people experiencing anxiety, illness and bereavement, for example.
Research is at the centre of this three-year project:
In the final year of this project, a second study will be undertaken. The purpose of this is to measure the impact of the project (with a focus on attitudes) and evaluate the overall process. The output should include a framework to support the future development of a cohesive, sustainable, mental health strategy for the Church of Ireland