ESSEX MIND AND SPIRIT
We are a community organisation that supports people by raising awareness of spiritual care in Mental Health recovery.
An important part of this work includes promoting respect for people’s beliefs and practices from faith traditions other than their own. This includes those beliefs of people who claim no religious affiliation…
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We are a community organisation that supports people by raising awareness
of spiritual care in mental health recovery.
An important part of this work includes promoting respect for people’s beliefs and practices from faith traditions other than our own. This includes those beliefs of people who claim no religious affiliation, but nonetheless affirm themselves as spiritual beings.
Our Aims are to: -
- Coordinate a multi agency approach to mental health and spirituality issues across Essex and take an overall facilitating role to promote awareness of the benefits of holistic care.
- Establish, equip and support local Cluster Groups. Anyone can join a Cluster Group. This is a forum for professionals, and people who have experience as users of mental health services and who have beliefs, to meet and participate in workshops and discussion about spirituality issues. Each participant is encouraged to act in his or her own faith community or workplace to enable spiritual care to be recognized and engaged to facilitate an individual’s recovery.
- Provide training for faith communities, service providers and other relevant organisations.
- Organise information conferences and seminars, exhibitions, presentations and distribute literature.
Research shows that many people recover more quickly and more completely from an episode of mental ill health, including serious illness, when spiritual support is available to them. This support may be from religious communities, their leaders or others who are suitably sensitive and skilled.
The Project to Audit Faith/Belief-
Sometimes one needs to be reminded of the sheer value of good teamwork and what it can achieve. The research undertaken in 2014-
Despite having full professional lives, Sidra Naeem our secretary and the other EMS Cluster Group Chairs, together with Jan Hutchinson our Treasurer, other members of the Steering Group and Bill Coomber from Praxis Proactive Solutions Ltd (PPSLtd), who strategically steered the project, have given generously of their time, sending out questionnaires, coordinating responses, carrying out engagement processes and generally promoting the project, to the point where this full report is the result.
Spirituality is defined as:
‘the essential human, personal and interpersonal dimension which integrates and transcends the cultural, religious, psychological, social and emotional aspects of the person,(and is).. more specifically concerned with the (person’s) soul or spirit’
(brackets added for clarity)
Dr. Sarah Eagger
speaking at the 2009, Essex Mind and Spirit Conference
The NELFT Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Department are hosting a free multi-
Faith, Mental Health and Social Inclusion
On August 15th 2017
Free conference, free refreshments, free lunch!
Draft timetable of the day:
Start 9.30 (refreshments and registration) for 10am
Panel discussion and Q&A on specific practical ideas; sharing good practice for including people with mental health issues in faith communities; supporting faith leaders and volunteers in this ministry. Panel including NELFT chaplains Satyin Taylor (Buddhist), Imam Mohammed Quadeer Rashid (Muslim), Revd Antony Rablen (Christian/Anglican), plus NELFT nursing practitioner and Pastor Stephen Gakure, volunteer chaplain Parminder Kaur Kondral (Sikh) and spiritual author/workshop leader Jennifer Kavanagh (Quaker), and others TBC.
How can faith communities be more inclusive?
Why are some religious and cultural groups less likely to use local mental health services?
How can mental health chaplaincy bridge the gap between faith communities and mental health services?
What do we know and believe about issues such as spiritual healing, exorcism, and the difference between ‘spiritual crisis’ and ‘mental illness’?
What would be the best experience visiting a place of worship for a person with mental health issues – and how can we help that to happen?
Join us for a day of exploration and mutual learning if you are a faith community leader, volunteer, or faith visitor in Waltham Forest, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Havering or Essex. The conference will be at the CEME Centre, West Wing, Marsh Way, Rainham, Essex, RM13 8GQ
The event is free, for more details and to book a place please send an email to: email@example.com or call 03005551077