Mental health show 2013

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undefinedThe ‘Mind Your Head' show – which featured an actress highlighting examples of how Christians can be affected by mental health problems – was a big success back in October. The drama was performed by writer and actress Eva McIntyre at St Michael's, Newton, Chester, and drew an audience of more than 100 people.

The production was promoted by the diocesan Committee for Social Responsibility to mark World Mental Health Day.

In the one-woman show Eva McIntyre played: Nora (an ageing, jaded choir member); Hilary (a child-despising Sunday school teacher); Pamela (a depressive, guilt-ridden single mum); Julia (a disillusioned priest); and Chelsea (a six-year old child from a dubious home).

Jane Knight, diocesan Head of Counselling Services said: “The play was full of humour but also had a serious side and provided a subtle challenge to our thinking about mental health and how our thoughts can get in the way of good mental health. 

“It reminded the audience about God’s universal love for everyone.  For anyone experiencing mental health problems (1 in 4 people) and those who may be experiencing feelings of low self-worth and esteem – that is a powerful message.”

“The event helped to provide a space for people to come together, to feel affirmed, to be challenged and to reflect on what more they and their church might do to help reduce the stigma of mental health.  The feedback was positive.”

Pictured above - Jane Knight, Eva McIntyre, Ken Lewis (Chair of the Mental Health Forum) with a member of the audience at the show