ESSEX MIND AND SPIRIT
We are a community organisation that supports people by raising awareness of spiritual care in Mental Health recovery.
An important part of this work includes promoting respect for people’s beliefs and practices from faith traditions other than their own. This includes those beliefs of people who claim no religious affiliation…
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We are a community organisation that supports people by raising awareness
of spiritual care in mental health recovery.
An important part of this work includes promoting respect for people’s beliefs and practices from faith traditions other than our own. This includes those beliefs of people who claim no religious affiliation, but nonetheless affirm themselves as spiritual beings.
Our Aims are to: -
- Coordinate a multi agency approach to mental health and spirituality issues across Essex and take an overall facilitating role to promote awareness of the benefits of holistic care.
- Establish, equip and support local Cluster Groups. Anyone can join a Cluster Group. This is a forum for professionals, and people who have experience as users of mental health services and who have beliefs, to meet and participate in workshops and discussion about spirituality issues. Each participant is encouraged to act in his or her own faith community or workplace to enable spiritual care to be recognized and engaged to facilitate an individual’s recovery.
- Provide training for faith communities, service providers and other relevant organisations.
- Organise information conferences and seminars, exhibitions, presentations and distribute literature.
Research shows that many people recover more quickly and more completely from an episode of mental ill health, including serious illness, when spiritual support is available to them. This support may be from religious communities, their leaders or others who are suitably sensitive and skilled.
The Project to Audit Faith/Belief-
Sometimes one needs to be reminded of the sheer value of good teamwork and what it can achieve. The research undertaken in 2014-
Despite having full professional lives, Sidra Naeem our secretary and the other EMS Cluster Group Chairs, together with Jan Hutchinson our Treasurer, other members of the Steering Group and Bill Coomber from Praxis Proactive Solutions Ltd (PPSLtd), who strategically steered the project, have given generously of their time, sending out questionnaires, coordinating responses, carrying out engagement processes and generally promoting the project, to the point where this full report is the result.
Spirituality is defined as:
‘the essential human, personal and interpersonal dimension which integrates and transcends the cultural, religious, psychological, social and emotional aspects of the person,(and is).. more specifically concerned with the (person’s) soul or spirit’
(brackets added for clarity)
Dr. Sarah Eagger
speaking at the 2009, Essex Mind and Spirit Conference
“Memory and Spirituality: the role of faith/belief in promoting the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their carers”
“In a climate of continuing budget cuts despite Government rhetoric about the importance of mental health services, and with the number of those living with dementia rapidly increasing, this conference will reflect on how better to understand dementia, and how faith and belief can work alongside voluntary and statutory agencies to make a positive contribution to the care and support of those living with dementia.”
In Essex it is estimated that there are some 20,300 people living with a diagnosis of dementia of which 81% live in the community and are dependent on family/carers for support*. Dementia is becoming an increasing concern in faith communities as elsewhere requiring more pastoral and community work, as people living with dementia and those who care for them experience isolation and an increasing lack of resources for healthcare provision.
This major one day Essex wide conference will explore the place and role of spirituality in the understanding and the management of dementia and its impact upon those living with the condition, and those who care for them. In a climate of continuing budget cuts despite government rhetoric about the importance of mental health services, and with the number of those living with dementia rapidly increasing, this conference will reflect on how better to understand dementia, and how faith and belief can work alongside voluntary and statutory agencies, without duplicating their provision, to make a positive contribution to the care and support of those living with dementia.
Through a rich variety of speakers, workshops, stalls and time for questions and discussion, the conference will seek both to encourage faith/belief groups and individuals to engage with the issues and resource them to be able to offer practical advice and support. Through working cooperatively with the other voluntary and statutory agencies it will seek to maximise resources and assess how faith/spirituality issues and concerns can assist with the understanding, care and quality of life for those living with dementia and their carers.
*Source; The Alzheimers Society
Speakers will include:
- Dr. Christine Macleod, formerly Medical Director NHS England Midlands and East
- Dr. Peter Kevern, Associate Professor in Values in Care
- Rev’d Dr Joanna Collicutt, Advisor, Spiritual Care for Older People
Workshop sessions include:
- Dementia Action Alliances: Geoff Moore
- Dementia Friends: Mark Neville
- A mental health Chaplaincy perspective: Allison Cline-
- Dementia friendly Gudwaras: Sital Mann
- Dementia awareness: Nicole Kenlin
- Communities and dementia: FaithAction:
- Essex Dementia Care: Debbie Davis
If you are interested, please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by registering FREE at https://memoryandspirituality.eventbrite.co.uk
Due to high demand, places will be allocated on a first-
If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact Sidra Naeem (Secretary of Essex, Mind and Spirit on firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you at the conference.