About Being Alongside
is that faith communities should be
where people belong and in that belonging mental health needs are recognised
where mental health needs encourage people to come together and also challenge,
enlighten and enrich the community.
where we recognise that action needs to be taken to achieve this vision, so
that people with mental health problems take their rightful place in inclusive
communities where we all learn from each other.
Association was founded in 1986 through the pioneering spirit of Christian parents
whose son was mentally ill. They wanted to raise awareness of the spiritual
needs of people with mental health problems both in mental health services and
in churches. Over the next decade that work developed and expanded with the
last five years seeing a period of change and consolidation
Alongside is a Christian based, voluntary association of individual members
and affiliated groups who recognise the importance of spiritual values
and support in mental health. It has a network of supporters throughout
the United Kingdom and it welcomes and encourages people whatever their
own faith or belief system. Governed by its National Committee, BA is
primarily concerned to promote and encourage "being alongside"
people experiencing mental or emotional distress (healing presence).
health difficulties cross all boundaries of race, creed, sexuality, status or
AIM of the Association is to enhance the quality of life, self-respect and
spiritual growth of those affected by mental or emotional difficulties by encouraging
and other faith communities to be alongside individuals who are so affected
development and continuation of local initiatives to support people with severe
or enduring mental health difficulties
working in the provision of mental health services to recognise the importance
of spiritual needs and resources
are a number of local affiliated groups throughout
achieve our aims by Nationally
the value of being alongside people affected by mental or emotional difficulties
networks and resources
details of resource material
a quarterly newsletter
in partnership with other interested parties
and promoting regional conferences
speakers, facilitators for conferences, seminars or training courses.
ensure that we are working towards our main aims Being Alongside
local groups to develop initiatives to support those affected by mental or
good practice guidelines
not offer individual counselling.
not offer professional, medical or clinical therapeutic treatment or advice
not use any of its activities to impose any religious belief
And contacts can be
made through the newsletter and with national
committee members and local groups.
You can download in printable (PDF format) the full
Being Alongside Leaflet
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