Mental Health, Faith and Youth


First Baptist Church is offering this workshop, free of charge, as a gift to their community and the broader church community. 
Location: First Baptist Church - Pinder Hall 
Time: 7-9 pm 
To register: email Effie,

Statistics affirm young people experience mental health concerns related to identity, relationships, and their future. What can faith communities offer youth so they are encouraged and supported to care for their mental health as part of their overall health? 


This workshop will build on basic mental health literacy and then delve into constructive ways to interact with young people who are asking questions, whose behavioural changes are concerning, or who may be in distress. Participants should leave the workshop with an increased awareness of how mental health affects the lives of young people and ways to confidently engage with youth in and through the church.

As a former high school teacher and pastor, Ed has had a great deal of experience in working with and ministering to children and adolescents (as well as being a onetime "youth" himself.)  Ed (M.Div., Psy.D.) is currently a registered clinical counsellor, an applicant for registration to the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, and the Director of Counselling Services with Soma Counselling and Family Resources ( He works with adults, couples, and adolescents in private practice. His particular academic interests include cultural psychology and narrative, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and mental health and the people of God. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two sons, all of whom humble him daily about the reach and efficacy of psychological practice.

Daniel is Executive Director of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. In this role, he spearheads the movement to prepare churches to support mental health recovery in their communities. Previously, he spent 10 years in full time vocational ministry, serving as senior pastor of a church for eight years. Daniel hails from the UK, is married to Annie, and has two young children, Evie and Jack. He is also a certified mediator and a Regent graduate.

May 11, 2018 at 7pm - 9pm
First Baptist Church
969 Burrard St
Vancouver, BC V6E 1J1
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