On 21st February, groups from all over the country were brought together to launch the Catholic Bishops' Conference mental health work grants for 2018. Bishop Richard Moth, of Arundel and Brighton, and lead bishop for mental health hosted the event alongside Steph MacGillivray who is the coordinator of the Catholic Mental Health Project. Participants met in Southwark diocese for an informal afternoon tea, and were encouraged to speak about their work and network with others.
Those awarded mental health grants work with a range of people, in a variety of venues across the country. Grants from the mental health project are small sums that often assist in the buying or producing of resources, or the training of volunteers or part-time staff. One example of a small grant given is to the diocese of Menevia, Wales. This grant will help to train Catholics in all settings to be befrienders of those with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Another grant recipient aims to gather a group of volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to the families of prisoners.
The launch event was a great success and gave the group representatives an opportunity to promote their causes and engage in each others' work. Bishop Moth gave his thanks to these individuals and extended this thanks to the many volunteers that assist in Catholic mental health support across the country.
For more about the Catholic mental health project, visit: www.catholicmentalhealthproject.org.uk/
or contact Steph MacGillivray at firstname.lastname@example.org.