St Patrick’s Parish Church, Broughshane, welcomed Hope4Life to its first Mental Health Sunday service.
This was part of an initiative undertaken by the church to tackle the stigma surrounding mental ill-health in the village.
The rector, the Rev Dr Andrew Campbell, said: “Often the stigma surrounding mental ill-health is stopping people from talking about their struggle. As a Church we are committed to reaching out in love and providing a community in which we can bear one another’s burdens.”
Campbell Hamilton from Hope4Life said: “It was a privilege to experience the heart Andrew and the congregation have for the issues around mental health and the recognition of the role the Church can have to help address mental ill health.
“Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, and in our wider work with children in schools through our Uberheroes® programme, in the broader business world and even working with churches, we find stigma still causes a reluctance to speak out and find the help needed.”
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