COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of many people, causing or exacerbating feelings of depression, anxiety, worry and loneliness. While the full impact of the pandemic on mental health remains to be seen, it seems certain that faith groups will continue to play a huge part in the recovery of the nation.
There is a significant and positive role for faith communities to play—both within their own congregations and in the wider community. This stems from the position of faith groups as places of community, of meaning, and of connection
Over 300 groups have signed up to our Friendly Places pledge, and they have been getting in touch with us to let us know the great work that they have been doing—identifying challenges, coming up with solutions and reflection upon the impact made.
Sumitra Goyal, Radha Krishna Temple, Romford
Su Parker, Bringing People Together Coordinator in the Black Country, Staffordshire, and North Shropshire
Mohammed Dawud Ali, Khizra Mosque. Manchester
Sally Dixon, Project Coordinator, Dagenham
Angela Metcalfe, Project Director, St Helens
Stephen Smith, Chaplaincy Liaison, Mental Health, Bournemouth
Find out more about Friendly Places, download our resources, and sign the Friendly Places pledge!