Get serious about mental health, young Methodists urge Church
02 July 2014
- Methodist Children and Youth Assembly
- Watch the 3Generate video
Young Methodists are challenging the Church to take mental
health issues seriously, and are calling for children's and youth
workers to receive relevant training.
The Children and Youth Assembly report, which was presented to
the Methodist Conference today, highlighted this as a key area of
concern for young people within the Church.
Presenting the report to the Conference, Methodist Youth President
Tamara Wray said, "The Church is good at caring for people when
they go through tough times. But Christians often don't know how to
respond to people suffering from mental health problems or what
kind of support they can offer. Jesus was passionate about caring
for the whole person - mind, body and spirit - and we should be
The Assembly, also known as 3Generate, annually brings together
children and young people aged 8-23 from across Great Britain.
At the event in November last year, 99% of people in the
11-18 age stream said they wanted the Church to educate them about
mental health, focusing on how such issues impact young people.
Additionally, 96% expressed an interest in wanting to learn more
about mental health so they could be alert to the warning signs and
ready to support others.
The report recommends that all people employed as children's and
youth workers with the Church should undergo training on mental
health issues. Work is already under way on a resource for youth
workers to help them talk about mental health with young people.
The Conference also directed that guidance should be given urgently
as to where material that might be helpful to youth workers and
young people is already available.
The report also highlights the importance of building strong
inter faith relationships in communities and recommends that
Methodists take proactive steps to foster positive dialogue with
people of other faiths.