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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Browse through our library of links here to help you navigate the intersection of spirituality and mental health. We welcome your suggestions.

Acorn Christian Healing

Acorn Christian Healing Foundation “helps churches to bring healing and wholeness to people and communities.  Acorn provides people, regardless of their circumstances, background or life choices, with the opportunity to experience the "shalom" that is at the heart of the Christian message” through listening, quiet days, prayer for healing and training.

Being Alongside

Breathing Space, (Jan 2006)

Spirituality is a tricky concept to understand.  Many people confuse those talking about their spirituality or spiritual needs as a reference to being a member of a religious institution.

Catholic Church Mental Health Project

The Mental Health Project is an innovative project that exists to help the Catholic community to further develop pastoral support for mental health.  They have an excellent website which includes lots of useful resources and onward links.

Faith in one city: exploring religion, spirituality and mental well-being in urban UK, (2011)

There are intense current debates about the place of belief systems in a secular society, and also whether the mechanistic approach to mental health care is sufficient for human beings. This paper aims to describe the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust (BSMHFT) spirituality and mental health research programme within that context.

Spirituality and End of Life Care

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

Action for Happiness

Bernadette Group

British Association for the Study of Spirituality

Don’t mention God, (2006)

For many people with mental health problems, spirituality is an essential part of their recovery. This is something that mental health services are beginning to recognise. Peter Gilbert and Natalie Watts outline the role and aims of the NIMHE spirituality project and the issues it aims to address.

From the cradle - to beyond the grave, (2011)

This paper aims to describe the content and import of a conference held in partnership between Staffordshire University and The National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum on the importance of considering life in the context of human mortality, and the meaning and purpose of our lives. It was one of a series of conferences on the theme of health and multi‐belief systems; other conferences were on mental health and civic regeneration. A fourth conference is planned for 2012 on dementia and beliefs.

The Association of Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is “a Christian UK-wide counselling organisation which aims to promote excellence in practice and standards in counselling and training; provide briefings, guidance and representation on any potential statutory developments that could affect the provision of counselling or pastoral care;  offers advice, support, resources and high-quality, affordable training.”

BRACE - Funding research into Alzheimers

Established in 1987, BRACE is a registered charity dedicated to supporting dementia research. BRACE has raised more than £13 million in funding for Alzheimer’s research, and is the catalyst for generating a greater understanding of the disease through the advancement of research.

Beyond Resilience from Mastery to Mystery

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.

British Association of Christians in Psychology

The British Association of Christians in Psychology is “for Christian professional and student psychologists in academic and applied settings and aims to support and encourage Christian psychologists; to support Christian churches (and allied organisations) in the UK by the provision of psychological knowledge and expertise in the service of their ministry; to promote empirical and theoretical research on the interface between psychology and religion; to encourage each other to share our faith; to establish and maintain relationships with similar organisations in the UK and other countries.

Engaging Hearts and Minds… and the Spirit, (2007)

Since the tragic events of 9/11, faith has become an important discourse in society as a whole. This article explores aspects of that discourse in our multicultural society with special reference to mental health and well‐being, and describes a conference set up by NIMHE/Staffordshire University and the National Forum on Spirituality and Mental Health to explore how belief systems can affect people's well‐being and their recovery from mental illness

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

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

Why a forum on racially and ethnically diverse congregations? (2008)

As far back as 1899, in The Philadelphia Negro, W. E. B. Du Bois spoke about the "Negro Church" and the "White Church." He continued to do so throughout his long career, one that extended into the 1960s. Though he had his critiques, he largely praised the Negro Church as an adaptive institution that empowered African Americans in a racist nation.