I have no idea how to help.

Hope & Compassion to help with Mental Illness

Saturday April 9th | 8:30am to 4:30pm | Cobourg, Ontario CANADA | Cost is $85/person lunch incl.


Many people experience mental illness in the family. Our conference will encourage family members and caregivers who support those close to them.


1 in 4 people experience a mental illness over their life time. This includes every fourth person sitting in our churches. Learn how to be supportive!


As churches, we need to be a light to our communities. Many people when in crisis turn to the church for help. Learn how to walk alongside your neighbour.

Saturday April 9th, 2016 in Cobourg, Ontario | Cost is $85/person lunch included | 8:30am to 4:30pm

About our Conference

Help for our families and their caregivers, our churches and our neighbours.
Finally somebody is talking about mental illness and the church.

Faith and Hope Ministries exists to empower congregations to support and care for those with mental illness and their families or their caregivers to provide a supportive Christian Community. As congregations become more equipped, members feel better understood and supported through their journey. The silence and stigma is being broken down.

  • Mental Illness can’t be ignored.

    1 in 4 families have a close relative experiencing a mental illness

  • 1 in every 5 Canadians will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) states that by year 2020 Mental illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world.

  • Who Supports the Caregivers in the Church?

    As Jesus calls us to love one another, we all have a responsibility to support each another


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Amy Simpson

Keynote Speaker Amy Simpson, whose family knows the trauma and bewilderment of mental illness, reminds us in her book, Troubled Minds, that people with mental illness are our neighbors and our brothers and sisters in Christ, and she shows us the path to loving them well and becoming a church that loves God with whole hearts and whole souls, with the strength we have and with minds that are whole as well as minds that are troubled.
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Victor Shepherd

Victor Shepherd is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Tyndale, and Adjunct Prof. of Theology at University of Toronto. He is the author of nine books and numerous journal articles that reflect his extensive pastoral and academic experience. A long-time advocate for the mentally ill and the underhoused, he has served on the board of the Peel Mental Health Housing Coalition and Pathway Community Developments.

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