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The Forum was founded in the 1990s as a vehicle to improve mental health provision. We are now a community of community leaders, practitioners and service users who come together in London and across the UK at talks and workshops on a regular basis.

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The National Spirituality & Mental Health Forum
36 Greenacres, London, N3 3SF, UK

 

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BOOKS

Browse through our book collection to help you navigate the intersection of spirituality and mental health. We welcome your suggestions.

People are actively engaged in a life-search for meaning and this search can lead them to take a spiritual perspective of themselves and the world in which they live. Some find this a spiritual journey-a journey towards an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of their being; or the deepest values and meanings by which people live-through art, music or religion. The ultimate purpose of our spiritual journey is to be an enabling meaning to be found and given for self and others. In Tibetan Buddhism,the ultimate intention and purpose of our personal and spiritual journey is to be of service and benefit to all beings and to bring all beings to 'enlightenment'. Enlightenment is the ultimate step on our journey, whereby we go beyond our everyday consciousness to serve a 'greater whole', where we are in touch with our ultimate, true nature- the essence of our being. We can think of this journey to enlightenment as a journey both for personal mastery and beyond it.

Beyond Resilience from Mastery to Mystery

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This new book contains 18 chapters by inspirational writers with great expertise in their field of work, and spans palliative care in both child and adult care, and care for those with dementia.  The book also looks at all the issues surrounding end of life care, and the leadership required to provide an excellent service.  Edited by Peter Gilbert.  Royalties from the book go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and St Richards Hospice.

See also http://www.pavpub.com/p-617-spirituality-and-end-of-life-care.aspx

Spirituality and End of Life Care

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Gloria presented to The Forum on 14th December 2016…     This book is based on the research project I carried out for my PhD (University College London). I set up a study to explore the conceptualisation of deep sadness and consequent help-seeking behaviour using several qualitative methods to gather data amongst 57 practising Catholics in different religious pathways (lay theological students, priests and contemplative nuns and monks) in different parts of Spain.

 

The research experience was very intense and fulfilling, and writing this book gave me the opportunity to provide a detailed depiction of the participants’ narratives and ways of life, to reflect on the findings and to synthesise the lessons learned along the way which could be used in mainstream psychiatric practice.   The paperback book (and on Amazon Kindle) may be seen/ordered

Sadness, Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul. Transcending the medicalisation of sadness

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