The St Paul's centre For wellbeing
protecting our wellbeing in times of crisis
The St Paul's Centre
The St Paul's Centre operates at a local, regional and a national level to promote mental wellbeing.
We know that the church has much to offer in this area, and indeed care for people with mental illness started with people of Christian faith.
As well as running our own support groups and drop-ins we partner with The Sahil Project, Ekta Unity and neighbouring churches to ensure a weekly pattern of groups and activities for people across the city who may be living with mental ill health.
The Reverend Ali Hogger, a former mental health professional, is part of a group for the Diocese of Coventry supporting wellbeing in clergy and congregations. She also advises the Bishop and churches across the Coventry and Warwickshire area on issues around mental health.
Ali was previously Director of Keeping Health in MInd, and the St Paul's Centre is an amalgamation of this work with a new focus on equipping the wider church to provide a home for the mental flourishing of all people. Ali speaks locally and nationally, and is researching the influence mental ill health has on our identity as followers of Christ.
covid 19 and wellbeing
The long term effects of living under lockdown conditions, or experiencing illness, financial struggle, fear and bereavement, of adjusting to this strange, socially-distanced way of living remain to be seen.
It is clear already. however, that people's psychological and emotional health, their mental wellbeing and sense of purpose, are under huge threat. Levels of anxiety and depression are already rising and many people with pre-existing mental illnesses are finding that things are getting worse.
At such a time as this the church has something vital to say and something valuable to offer. We have joined our voice with those of our friends in other organisations to promote the care and support of people with mental health difficulties within the life of the church.
staying mentally well in times of crisis
Recommended resources for mental wellbeing
In an Emergency:
If you need immediate support: call Samaritans on 116 123
For urgent medical needs call your GP, or NHS 111
If you are in a life threatening situation call 999
Coventry Churches Wellbeing Info Line is a signposting service available on 07467 807437 (Tuesday 10am-12pm and Thursday 2pm-4pm).See below
Crossline Coventry is part of the National Christian Helpline on 0300 111 0101 9am to midnight every day
Coventry and Warwickshire Mind have a direct dial number 02476 224417 Mon-Fri 1-5pm
24 hour crisis response can be accessed by texting Shout to 85258 (free on all mobile networks)
Coventry Safe Haven provide support for people (18+) who are feeling distressed and overwhelmed on 07921 876065 6pm-11pm every day
Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust IAPT help people experiencing mild to severe anxiety and depression. Call 02476 671090 to self-refer
Reverend Ali has produced a course to help us to become more resilient called The LIFE Course.
Our vicar, Reverend Ali, has produced this simple Relaxation Exercise.
Mental Health resources are available from the Church of England
A Brief Guide to Faith and Mental Health is a simple booklet with basic information about possible mental health issues.
coventry churches wellbeing info line
The St Paul's Centre for Wellbeing is the home of this initiative that offers to listen and to try to signpost people to the help and support they need.
It is staffed a by a team of volunteers with lived experience of mental health problems, either as a professional or as a service user, and it operates every Tuesday morning and every Thursday afternoon.
Please note that this not a crisis-response service and neither does it provide therapy. As such The St Paul's Centre for Wellbeing accept no liability for any actions or omissions that occur as a result of speaking to one of our volunteers.
If you need to speak to someone urgently please call Samaritans on 116 123 or dial 999 if there is an immediate risk to you or to others.
About Our director
Ali is a former Registered Mental Health Nurse and Dialectical Behaviour Therapist who specialised in crisis work. In 2008 Ali sensed God prompting her to focus on the interaction between the church and people with lived experience of mental illness and she founded a small charity called Keeping Health in Mind to resource churches and to further that conversation. This led to the development of The LIFE Course and A Brief Guide to Faith and Mental Health as well as frequent teaching and speaking engagements including Green Belt and New Wine. After training at St Mellitus, London she was ordained in the Church of England and is now the vicar of St Paul's Foleshill in Coventry. Ali is currently undertaking research into the effect of mental illness on our sense of self.
In January 2020 the trustees of Keeping Health in Mind agreed to locate the work within St Paul's Foleshill and the St Paul's Centre for Wellbeing was born.
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