World Mental Health Day Service

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undefinedA special service to mark World Mental Health Day was held at St Cuthbert's church, Cheadle. People lit candles of Truth, Understanding, Healing, Hope, Thankfulness, Faith, and Steadfast Love as special prayers were said.

After that everyone was invited to light a candle for someone they know who may be affected by mental health issues – or for themselves.

The service – held on Saturday 12 October – heard moving testimonies from two members of the It’s OK Club in Cheadle – one of many groups around the diocese which work to support those affected by mental health issues. http://www.chester.anglican.org/page_csr.asp?Page=840

Psalm 23 was read and the hymn inspired by it, The Lord’s My Shepherd, was sung.

There was a lively question and answer session with the following on the panel: Dr Ben Akande (consultant psychiatrist); Ruth Ormiston (occupational therapist and Pastoral Worrker); Josey Ridgway (psychiatric social worker); the Revd Mike Newman (Vicar of St Cuthbert’s); and Jane Knight (our Diocesan Head of Counselling Services).

Jane Knight said: “it was a moving service which gave many people pause for thought and the realisation that we all need to continue to have conversations about mental health.”

If anyone is interested in joining our Diocesan Mental Health Forum please phone Jane Knight on 07918 732806 or email jane.knight@chester.anglican.org

TOP picture - candles are lit and prayers are said for those affected by mental health issues

BELOW - the special service gets underway in Cheadle