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dreddsLike others in the caring professions, clergy can experience anxiety, stress and depression as a result of their job.

Some clergy may benefit from professional counselling support, particularly following suicide by a member of the congregation.

It is essential that churches recognise the huge demands on their clergy in their pastoral care, from dealing with emotional distress through mental health problems to supporting families bereaved by suicide. In fact, stress awareness and management would be a useful part of training for ministry and a helpful part of continuing professional development and pastoral support.

It is important that you are aware of and take care of your own mental health, and that you seek support if you feel you are not coping.

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