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Norfolk training to equip churches on mental health

The Fountain of Life Church in Ashill, Norfolk, is hosting a Doors of Hope Conference on November 17 to train Christians in tackling issues with mental and emotional ill health.

Leaders, members of churches, pastoral care workers and counsellors working in a Christian setting are all welcome to attend.

Keynote speaker Mick Brooks – Chief Executive of CWR and Waverley Abbey College, will be speaking on the theological imperative for churches to respond to the mental health agenda, and how they might offer hope to people who may either already attend church or those who walk through the church doors seeking support.

Revd Stephen Mawditt, Minister at Fountain of Life said, "We hope the day will help reduce stigma around mental health and provide people with skills to respond."

Hannah Waite, a PhD student being supervised by Professor John Swinton at the University of Aberdeen will be sharing her research into stigma, particularly around bi-polar and schizophrenia.

Other topics being covered will be mental health conditions, children and young people’s mental health and their spirituality.

There will be workshops covering the addictions of gambling, drugs, alcohol, sex and pornography, and resilience.

Speakers include:

• Kathy Spooner - Director of Counselling, Association of Christian Counsellors
• Sue and Chris Monckton-Rickett - Wholeness in God’s Son
• Irene Davies - formerly Counselling Programme Director, London School of Theology
• Liz Fordham - Director, The Mind Map Charity
• Justyn Rees Larcombe - son of Jennifer Rees Larcombe. Justyn, having overcome his gambling addiction, now speaks about addictions and is an author.
• Justin Marsh - The Paula Hall Organisation
• Dr Louise Anderson - Co-ordinator, New Wine Health Care Workers Network.

The fee is £15 and a CPD certificate of attendance will be provided for those who may need them. A bursary is available if necessary.

The event will be held at The Well Christian Centre, Swaffham Road, Ashill, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 7BT.

To book email or call 01760 441 902.

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