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Blog: Why ignoring mental health issues isn’t an option
By Rodie Garland
Mental health has been in the news again, and it’s fantastic that Princes William and Harry are using their influence to help make the issue something that it’s okay to talk about. On the more negative side, Christian news website Premier recently reported on an alarming discovery by mental health charity Mind. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that one in ten people who had been in hospital because of mental health problems did not receive a follow-up appointment within a week of discharge, as should be the case. This could have devastating consequences, as Mind found that people who did not receive their follow-up appointments were twice as likely to attempt suicide as those who received them within a week. The article calls for the Church and community to step in, by calling or visiting people who have recently been discharged from hospital, and praying for them and for the NHS. It’s great to have the role of (at least part of) the faith sector highlighted in this way – but in fact we at FaithAction know that there is a huge amount that faith communities are already doing to help support people facing mental health issues. You…
Blog: Domestic Abuse & Employer Responsibility
By Felicity Smith
This article was first posted on the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence website. Felicity acts as an ambassador for CAADV. Over the last few days I’ve seen quite a bit of coverage about Domestic Abuse… Whether it’s this image which was on the Huffington Post, the story about the judge who said that a victim of domestic abuse couldn’t have been a victim because of her class or Martine McCutcheon talking on Loose Women in reference to Mel B’s divorce. However, with the rate of Domestic Abuse I’m surprised to not see more… One in four women and one in six men will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Where to do they get help? How can they ask for help? Walking into a police station and asking for assistance is a massive step and one that seems so far removed for many victims that they can’t do it. As employers, we often tell or expect our employees to leave their lives at the door, and come in and do their job. It’s the expected thing amongst established work places. When we do chat about our lives that exist beyond the four walls of the…
Blog: You won't mistake this for ESOL
By Anthony McKernan
You know that thing about you remember 20% of stuff you are hear, 30% of what you see and 80% of what you do?
Blog: Private Fostering
By June White, Private Fostering, Hertfordshire County Council (Guest Author)
June White is Senior Practitioner for Private Fostering, part of the Family and Friends Fostering Team of Hertfordshire County Council. In this guest blog for us, she helps explain what a private fostering arrangement is, and how important it is for local authorities to be made aware when these arrangements are made. How many children do you know who are living apart from their parents? Did you know that this could be a private fostering arrangement? Private fostering is when any child or young person under the age of 16 (or 18 if they have a disability) who has been living away from their parents for more than 28 days, with someone who is not an immediate relative or who has legal parental responsibility. There may be many reasons why children might be living in these private arrangements which could include: Breakdown in family relationships Gone to live with family friend or boyfriend or girlfriend Illness, physical, mental, drug/alcohol issues Parents working or studying abroad Death of a parent Children sent to the UK for education purposes, where parents remain overseas Exchange Language students living with host families Many parents make these private arrangements for their children to be cared…
FaithAction and Local Government Association: New Report on Faith and Health
FaithAction is delighted to jointly present the Local Government Association (LGA)’s new report, Working with faith groups to promote health and wellbeing. The report begins on the basis that: “At this time of severely constrained finance for local government and the NHS it is essential that we do all we can to harness the skills and assets in our local communities to improve health and wellbeing. “Faith groups make an important contribution to this work through their commitment to service, both with their own members and with wider communities. In particular, faith groups are often able to utilise the enthusiasm of their members as volunteers. Also, some faith groups have members who face health inequalities through a higher risk of some diseases or through difficulties in accessing healthcare. These groups are, therefore, well placed to have an active role in tackling health problems in the communities they serve.” We were pleased to have the opportunity to advise the LGA on this report and to put the authors in touch with several of our members whose hard work demonstrates the best that the faith sector can do. The report also showcases how the Faith Covenant can work in practice. [buttons] [button…