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

Briefing. Related blog from Children's Society.

Alzheimers Society have won the Dementia Support Contract for Derbyshire.

From December 2018 Alzheimer’s Society will take over responsibility for delivering this service in Derbyshire.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.

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


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



Derbyshire resources 

Summary prepared for Diocesan Synod April 2018- see attachment below.

Getting help in a crisis see click here

Dementia friendly film showings and booking.

East Midlands Suicide Awareness Project:

Offers 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:   

  • Clergy wellbeing is led by Rev Geraldine Pond. Clergy Conference 2018 included insights on wellbeing. The talks can be accessed on the website.

  • 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. you may also want to use 'Promoting mental health' see below.

  • We encourage a balance to work and life for Diocesan clergy and laity, paid workers and also to volunteers.

  • 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?

East Midlands Christian Mindfulness Day, 9.30-4.30, 2 February 2019.The Kings Centre, 56 Bull Head Street, Wigston, LE18 1PA. £30 before 31 December. Booking and programme details. The focus of the event will be to enable Christians to engage with mindfulness of God and mindfulness for health in an informed way.

In house training is listed on the learning in faith programme.

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 particualr 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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