Live Well Together: Growing Good Mental Health in your Church
The workshop was developed by Livability to support churches to consider how they respond to the challenges as church, offering a space to explore what this looks like in each local context.
Increasingly, churches find themselves on the front line when it comes to mental health crises, and as a result there are courses that provide essential information about mental health challenges and the best approach to emergencies. Alongside these approaches – there is something missing. Churches need an opportunity to explore their commitment to wellbeing, develop healthy habits and a culture of openness and mutual support. Live Well Together provides room to explore how this can work.
This one-day workshop offers a chance to explore these questions and develop a plan of action to help each church grow good mental health as a community.
Live Well Together is at the centre of suite of training and resources from Livability offering different entry points to explore a community approach to wellbeing.
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Mental health is something we all have in common. Yours may be robust or shaky; rarely considered, or a top priority, but we all have it. And every day, many in our community face challenges big and small to their mental good health.
We believe that working together, churches can become communities where we can all flourish.
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What is Live Well Together?Live Well Together is a workshop by Livability which gives your church community the tools to grow good mental health.
This one-day workshop has been designed with input of professionals and those with lived experience. It offers a chance to explore how to develop awareness and wellbeing, and helps participants draw up a plan of action to help each church grow good mental health as a community.
In the workshop we explore each community’s story, discuss views that can help or harm our approach to mental health, and offer a chance to reflect on what the Bible has to say. By the end of the day, participants will identify steps that their church can take to become a place where we can ‘live well together’.
We look at:
- What is mental health?
- Exploring our community’s response
- When perceptions help or hinder
- Living well, with or without a diagnosis
- Perspectives from the Bible
- What good support looks like: listening well
- Real life examples: What’s our response?
- Taking action together
Who Is Live Well Together for?Live Well Together is a discussion- based workshop for anybody interested in helping their church develop mental health awareness and wellbeing, whether a member of the congregation or in leadership. It has been developed for a wide range of church traditions. It is designed be a starting point, aimed more at beginners than mental health professionals, and to be used a wide range of church traditions.
Those who experience mental ill-heath will be welcomed and valued, with no pressure to share experience. The workshop covers emotive topics that may prove challenging to some. If you are concerned about suitability, please contact the team.
The training is designed to result in real, practical change in churches. We recommend that at least two people come from each church or community group.
Why Choose Live Well Together?Without a whole-church approach, mental health can be reduced to a crisis moment we respond to. But using the Live Well Together model, churches can build communities that don’t just react to crises, but flourish together day in and day out.
Attending this workshop will give you the time and space to reflect on your church’s response to mental health. It will give you simple models that you can start to use immediately. And it will give you the chance to share learning and concerns with others in similar situations.
The material has been developed with significant input from both those with lived experiences of mental ill health and mental health professionals.
Attendees on Live Well Together will be able to gain free access to Sanctuary Mental Health Course when they have completed the training.
Interested in Attending Live Well Together?We can run a day workshop almost anywhere we can reach. We normally charge £30 per participant if the venue is provided, with a minimum number of attendees. Discounted rates may be negotiated where cost is a barrier.
To speak to the Livability team about organising Live Well Together in your area complete the enquiry form below.
Free Access to the Sanctuary Course for Live Well Together ParticipantsLivability have partnered with Sanctuary Ministries to strengthen community access to mental health training.
- The Sanctuary Course is an eight-week study guide for small groups. Each week participants will gather together, read through the content out loud or listen to it on audiobook, watch a film, and engage in conversation, reflection, and prayer. The course is designed to be run by small-group leaders in your church or organisation.
- Over the course of the eight weeks, participants will explore topics such as:
- Understanding mental health and illness
- Challenging stigma
- The recovery journey
- The role of community in mental health recovery
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