Integral Mission Forum - Mental Health | Global Connections

Integral Mission Forum - Mental Health

The Integral Mission Forum explores the impact of Mental Health within the communities in which we live and serve.

How we think, feel and behave individually and corporately (as a community) is linked to our social, emotional and spiritual well-being. God’s intention for his creation is to experience life in all its fullness (shalom – holistic well-being and right relationship in all aspects of life). Our contexts influence this, as do our family, our interactions with society and the environment and our perception of ourselves.

There is an unspoken expectation that to be successful in life, we must not only cope with the daily challenges of life but overcome and rise to our full potential. Worldly indicators of success accuse us of failure, demanding popularity, productivity, wealth and status.

Political, economic, health, security, and bereavement shocks shatter an already fragile bubble, exposing us to stormy uncertainties about what life is all about, stealing hope and meaning.

No wonder we face a growing pandemic of mental health needs.

In this forum, we will be looking specifically at the issue of mental health.We will explore how churches, missions, and relief and development agencies can effectively respond to the challenge of mental health within the communities in which they live and serve. Please note,our focus will not be on mental health for staff as the HR forum has already covered this.

We will identify and explore the theological principles that underpin our response to this issue and then examine how these principles can influence and impact our practice in both the setting of a local church responding to mental health in the community around it and how relief and development agencies can incorporate these principles into their own work with the vulnerable and marginalised.

Our speakers will include:

  • Dr Nick Land (Consultant psychiatrist and medical director in the North of England and is the current Chairman of CMF) (awaiting confirmation)

  • Helen Fernandes (Partner Support Officer – Effectiveness Team, Tearfund Australia)

  • Rev’d Dr Neil Cockling (Consultant Lead Mental Healthcare Chaplain and Freedom to Speak Up Guardian with Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust)

This forum will better equip participants to recognise and respond effectively to  mental health challenges in the diverse contexts that our members serve in. In light of the increasing spotlight on mental health and well being with the growing impact of the COVID pandemic, this forum is timely and much needed.

Programme Outline:

  • Theological understanding of mental health and well-being and mental illness

    • Stigma around mental health

    • Difference between spiritual depression, physical, emotional, social depression

  • Holistic Care in Relief and Development Response, incorporating mental healthcare, trauma responses and spiritual wellbeing

  • Community Care and inclusive spiritiual wellbeing

    • Focus on practical responses for churches and organisations

    • Impact of pandemic (current and future) – e.g. exploring isolation, fear, bereavement


The event will start at 12:50pm (waiting room open from 12:40pm) and we will finish at 4:00pm.

The cost is £10 to people from GC member agencies and churches, and for students. Cost for non-members is £30. If you are not sure if your church or organisation is a member of GC, please check with them to confirm or see if they feature on our List of Members page. 

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Cancellation Policy: 50% of the booking charge will be refunded if cancellation is made at least one week prior to the event. For cancellations made less than one week prior to the event, we regret that a refund will not be possible.

For more details, contact Andy Law