November 4, 2023 9:30 am - 4:15 pm

Online and in the Healey Room, Westminster College, Cambridge

Revd Dr Steve Midgley, Helen Thorne

Speakers: Revd Dr Steve Midgely and Helen Thorne

Cost: £40 in person, £30 for students (includes lunch for in person), £25 online – In person booking have now closed. Online bookings are still open until Friday 3rd November.

Join us for this one day course to consider how the church can engage with mental health.

With reports of a ‘Mental Health crisis’ frequently in the news, how should the church respond? Can the church get involved in ways that are both safe and wise? This day conference will consider both theory and practice – providing a model for understanding mental illness as well as plenty of worked examples to grapple with the practicalities. With plenty of time for questions, this is a day for any church leaders who want to help their church become more compassionate and more skilled in the support of those who struggle with their mental health.

A day course in collaboration with Westminster College.



9.30 am Welcome and Opening worship
9.50 am Mental Health: Contemporary challenges seen from a Christian vantage point (Steve Midgley)
11.05 am Coffee
11.45 am Mental Health: Contemporary challenges and a church based response (Helen Thorne)
13.00 pm Lunch
14.00 pm Mental Health: Three worked examples – anxiety, depression and addiction
15.15 pm Concluding Plenary Session for Q & A
16.00 pm Closing worship
16.15 pm End



Mental Health: contemporary challenges seen from a Christian vantage point

As we survey the current ‘mental health crisis’, this session will first consider how our world defines ‘mental health’ and ‘mental illness’. Then, using a theological model of human experience, will explore how a Christian perspective can help shape the support we offer to those who struggle in this way.

Mental Health: contemporary challenges and a church-based response

God cares for those who are struggling – he enables his people to care for one another too – and, whilst the local church will never be the place where every aspect of mental health support is offered, it is designed to be a place where we walk alongside each other, offering hope and help to those in need. In this session we will look at how to offer that help wisely and well, centred on Christ, and using the gifts he has given.

Mental Health: three worked examples

To help move from theological theory to pastoral practice, this session will use lived examples of personal struggle – in areas such as anxiety, depression and psychosis – to ground us in the specifics of church life. There will be time for small group discussion and plenary review.