Mental Health and Distress in our Meetings

SATURDAY JAN 21, 2012, 10.30 – 4.00

Most of us at some time will experience, or be close to someone who is experiencing, mental illness. Yet mental distress is rarely discussed among Friends, who are often afraid, embarrassed or uncertain of how to respond when it is encountered in our meetings.

This study day, led by professionals working with mental distress, will share knowledge, feelings, questions and experiences, as well as suggesting resources, approaches and ways of coping. It aims to show how, in a Quaker context, we can gain a better understanding of mental distress and most appropriately give support to those affected by it, and to their carers.

With love and trust we – elders, overseers and all Friends – can face the challenge and stigma attached to mental distress and learn to care better for each other and for those who are most vulnerable in our Quaker communities. Topics covered will include:

- Situations which arise
- The experience of mental ill health
- Ways to respond and care
- Handling our own feelings and fears
- Keeping a healthy meeting environment
- Support for ongoing carers
- Confidentiality and openness
This is not a day for those suffering mental illness and needing support for themselves. If those attending would like to take this forward, we hope that further activities can be provided.

6 MOUNT ST, MANCHESTER M2 5NS   0161 834 5797

The study day, organised by Central Manchester overseers, is open to Friends and attenders from all meetings. There is no charge and booking is not required, but to give an idea of numbers an email would be appreciated to Gareth Rees (, from whom further information may be obtained and a full programme nearer the time. Hot drinks from 10 am; please bring your own lunch. Loop system and disabled access.