This page contains resources for spiritual health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. It contains information about:
- Prayer and meditation
- Mental health and Coronavirus: Faith-based resources
- Online events
- Faith and community initiatives: Guidelines and Examples
There is a separate page dedicated to non-faith-based resources which can be found here. These pages will be updated regularly.
For up to date information, resources and guidance issued by the Catholic Church during the Covid-19 pandemic, please click here.
Prayer and meditation
Inspired by the lives of Benedictine religious, this resource offers support and advice on how to cope with this time of isolation. For more information, click here.
Catholic Children’s Society – Meditation with Young People
The Catholic Children’s Society have resources to use including a series of video resources named ‘Meditation with Children and Young People’ in collaboration with the World Community for Christian Meditation. For more information, click here.
Faith in Isolation
Faith in Isolation is a platform created to spiritually nourish those isolated from their faith practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click here.
Pathways to God – Examen during lockdown
Pathways to God have created an examen for the family during the time of lockdown. For more information, click here.
‘Please Pray For Me’: The Significance of Prayer for Mental and Emotional Well Being
Why do people need/desire to pray and be prayed for? And what are the effects – desired and actual – of this (human and) sacred process?
Download: ‘Please Pray for Me’ A Theology Paper by Julia Head
Prayers for Mental Health
Two prayers to bring to God our intentions for those with mental health needs, their families and carers can be found here.
Pray as you Go
This is an Ignatian resource designed to support you each day through prayer reflections that help you become more aware of God’s presence in your life, listen to God’s word and grow in your relationship with God. For more information, click here.
Pray as you Stay
A project run by ‘Pray as you Go’ that offers reflections and support during this time of coronavirus and self-isolation. For more information, click here.
Taizé chants are well-known for being a way to meditate and find space to be with God. On their website they have a section where you can select any Taizé song and you can read, sing and play the music. For more information, click here.
Work, Rest, Pray – Films
Three films which could be used to provide a basic structure for a personal Quiet Day. The topic is ‘Finding Stability in Times of Change’, and the films can be watched by clicking here.
Mental health and Coronavirus: Faith-based resources
Caring for Carers – A Place for Carers to Relax
Run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary at Noddfa, Penmaenmawr, North Wales.
A space for rest, relaxation and solace for people who care for the sick or disabled, with opportunities to reflect on your work in a relaxing setting. For more information, visit the Noddfa website here or email email@example.com.
Churches Together – Resources on Coronavirus
Churches Together England has put together some helpful resources during coronavirus. They can be found by clicking here.
Deathbed etiquette and the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Art of Dying Well has updated our guide to Deathbed Etiquette to provide advice and guidance during this difficult time. Full information can be found here.
Domestic abuse: Guidance issued by the Catholic Church on Domestic Abuse during Coronavirus
The Domestic Abuse Group of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued guidance on how Catholic parishes can support victims of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance and accompanying information can be found here.
Finding Light in the Deepest Dark: Journeying through Lament into Gratitude
Christian mental health charity Sanctuary UK is offering a free self-guided tool to help Christians prepare for a Christmas like no other. The resource is available as a free download on Sanctuary’s website.
Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership
The Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership is a collaboration between psychiatrists and clergy aimed at fostering a dialogue between two fields, reducing stigma, and accounting for medical and spiritual dimensions as people seek care. For more information, click here.
Psychological care during quarantine in religious and priestly life
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Team of Religious and Priestly Life of the Clinical Unit of Psychology (UNINPSI) of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas offers a simple guide with some indications for the psychological care of the religious communities and the priestly life.
Download: Guidlines for Psychological Care During Quarantine in Religious and Priestly Life
Toolkit for parishes to help people in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Caritas Social Action Network and the St Vincent de Paul Society (England and Wales) have released a new Toolkit to help Catholic parishes and groups develop safe, local responses to people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. More information can be found here.
What can Catholics do to protect their mental health during the coronavirus?
Information about what Catholics can do to protect their mental health during the coronavirus can be found here.
National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum Webinars
Information about a new webinar series can be found here.
Faith Action Coffee House
The FaithAction Coffee House is an hour long online conversation, an opportunity for you to come and talk with other organisations about what work you are doing. With the help of one or two guest speakers, we will facilitate a conversation on a topic of interest to you, before opening the floor for each of you to share any stories, best-practices, or challenges you’ve faced. It’s an opportunity for each of you to share what you’ve learnt with others, and to glean wisdom and ideas from each other as you learn about what other members around the country are up to.
To sign up for the Coffee House, please visit: https://www.faithaction.net/go/coffeehouse/
Faith and community initiatives: Guidelines and Examples
General Guidelines for Facilitators of Mental Health Support Groups
For many people joining a group of any description can be a daunting experience therefore
the initial welcome they receive is crucial. Everyone, whatever their reason for attending the
group must feel accepted and welcomed and the facilitator will set the tone for this
atmosphere of welcome.
Download: General Guidelines for Facilitators of Mental Health Support Groups
Towards a Culture of Safeguarding
The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church
are adequately trained in safeguarding matters. This leaflet provides information about a safeguarding e-learning programme for parishes.
Download: Towards a Culture of Safeguarding E-learning programme
Examples of local initiatives
Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing – The Sussex Model
A Sussex wide programme of information, resources and training sessions for churches and communities enabling effective support for those with mental health and wellbeing concerns.
Download: Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing – Sussex Model Information
broom tree is a network of Christians serving adults with mental health conditions and their families. For more information visit the broom tree Facebook page or download the following leaflets:
Broom Tree – Mind and Spirit Matters Leaflet
Broom Tree – Creating Friendly Places Leaflet
Broom Tree CHIME Groups – General Information Leaflet
Care and Share Wellbeing Spaces
Are you searching for a proven approach that brings church and community together? Could you help to reduce the growing social problems of isolation and loneliness that impact well being?
Care and Share Well Being spaces have been running in two Darlington churches for over five years. They are flexible opportunities for people to share the same space for a couple of hours or less. Download the Care and Share Church Flyer. For more information contact: Brian Robinson – 01325 360449 or 01325 552322 or visit the Care and Share Facebook page.
Redhill Methodist Church – Thursday Club: Mental Health Support
The Thursday Club offers a safe place for people who suffer depression and are looking for friendship and encouragement. For more information, click here.
St Augustine’s Church, Tunbridge Wells – Parish Welfare
The parish employs a part-time Welfare Team who work in the name of the parish to bring practical help and support to the needy people of the town. The welfare team help support the elderly, the disabled, housebound families, people recently released from prison, hospital or psychiatric care and those who simply find it difficult to meet the requirements of the twenty first century. For more information, click here.
St Dymphna Befriending Group
The St Dymphna’s Befriending Group was set up in 2011. The initial aim was to offer friendship to those in the Parish with mental health issues or their carers. Since then the group has evolved and widened their scope to support anyone experiencing stress, for whatever reasons or those who simply need some company to combat loneliness. If you feel that you need help you, or would like to volunteer as a befriender, please get in touch by emailing via this link or leaving a message on the dedicated phone number 07543 878574.
Third Thursday Time – Holy Cross, Catford
TTT is a monthly drop-in café at Hartley Hall with activities aimed at improving mental wellbeing for all. It started in 2018, following a Parish survey which identified need locally. Between 5.30 and 8.30 the café serves drinks and snacks, and there are activities and a quiet space where people can reflect, on their own or in company, available every month. People stay as long as they want to, and can join in activities if they choose. It is run with a Christian ethos but is open to everyone – people of any faith or none. For more information click here.