Mind Matters is an mental health awareness initiative which was first launched at St Matthews in May 2015.
Mind Matters provides a leaflet/ information display at the back of the church, which is available to everyone for free. We have a range of leaflets from different organisations , and attempt to provide leaflets on the most common mental health conditions.
With Worthing having the largest population of older people, we provide a lot of information and guidance leaflets on Dementia, for those living with Dementia, and for their carers/family/friends.
St Matthews is striving towards being a more dementia-friendly church environment, and in August 2016 we ran a ‘Dementia friends and awareness’ course, which included the Alzheimers Society’s Dementia Friends training, and then also looking at what we as individuals, small groups, and as a whole church can be doing to support those with dementia and their carers, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
This course was very successful and will possibly be run again in the future.
Mind Matters also provides leaflets and guidance for Carer’s.
There is a Carer’s Prayer Support Group that meets once a month, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month at 4pm in the Rackham Room.
Please contact/speak with Angela Pursey for more details on the Carer’s Prayer Support Group.
Mental Health Awareness Month
For the last two years, St Matthews Church has supported Mental Health Awareness Month by selling green ribbons (which represent mental health) and asking people to wear them throughout Mental Health Awareness month (May) to show support for mental health. In May 2015, we managed to raise £80 which went towards the funding for more therapeutic activities on Caburn Ward at Mill View Hospital in Hove. In May 2016, we raised £35, which was donated to Heads On, a charity run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
For more information on Mind Matters, please contact/speak with Hannah Radbourne.
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Dementia Friends and Awareness Evenings On the 14th August, 26 people attended the Dementia Friends information session. We heard about the behaviours that someone with dementia might present with, and why these behaviours might occur. The aim of the session was to reflect on how we as individuals can change our responses and behaviour to …read the full article.
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