Browse through our library of links on the theme 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.
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.
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.
Centre for Mental Health
The Centre for Mental Health (previously the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health) has a range of publications and advice, including the two research reports from East London:
Keeping the Faith: http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/pdfs/keeping_faith.pdf
Forward in Faith: http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/pdfs/scmh_forward_in_faith.pdf
Christian healing UK is “an affiliation of Christian healing organisations and healing advisors across the UK. Their vision is to provide a forum for the leaders of Christian healing organisations to come together in mutual respect and understanding to further this ministry throughout our land; to become a national voice speaking out on matters concerning Christian healing; to reflect the biblical principle that when we work together as a body we are more effective than individual members; to establish a programme of regional meetings to act as a source of encouragement and support to all those involved in the healing ministry, regardless of whether or not they are in leadership.”
We are a national network of faith-based and community organisations seeking to serve their communities through social action and by offering services such as health and social care, childcare, housing and welfare to work. We provide support, guidance and training; we conduct research and disseminate information, and we represent faith-based and community organisations to government.
Gods and gurdwaras: the Spiritual Care Programme at the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust, (2010)
With Great Britain being seen as a largely secular society, it would be easy to discount the influence of religious belief and faith communities in society in general, and mental health in particular. But most rural communities still have a parish church, which provides a focal point for a range of activities, not necessarily religious; and in the big cities, especially where there are a range of ethnic groups and cultures, places of worship…
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Mental Health 4 Muslims
Since 2004, Dr. Sekandari has been working with Muslims to better understand mental illness while encouraging them to seek therapeutic services for their illness. Dr. Sekandari has also been training non-Muslim Health and Human Services providers to provide culturally competent services to the Muslim community.
Mind and Soul
We believe in a God who loves us AND cares about our emotional and mental health. Our faith and emotions are often kept separate. Mental health is rarely discussed in churches and Christian spirituality is seen as having little to offer the world of psychology. We want to bridge that gap.
To Educate: Sharing the best of Christian theology and scientific advances.
To Equip: Helping people meet with God and recover from emotional distress.
To Encourage: Engaging with the local church and mental health services.
Our core leadership team of a psychologist, a priest and a psychiatrist have developed high-quality, integrated resources and bring a powerful message that BOTH are important.
Welcome to the Nishkam Wellbeing Centre – an award winning, state-of-the art facility with an excellent array of activities on offer. The Wellbeing Centre draws its inspiration from both modern science and traditional Sikh philosophies, fusing old and new into a unique environment that is reflected the conventional and contemporary methods we apply to supporting our Members health and wellbeing aims. Recognising the needs of our diverse communities the Wellbeing Centre is a culturally sensitive environment with alternative days for men and women.
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.”
Whole Person Network
The Whole person health network “was formed to bring together a number of Christian Health and social care organizations each with its own to give a united voice on Christian Health and Social Care matters; to be a resource for people looking for a Christian expression of their faith and practice; to promote those organizations and individuals who wish to bring faith and science together; to be a repository for information on whole person health and social care and to offer a secure way for members to network with like-minded people involved in similar activities.”
Action for Happiness
The mission of Action for Happiness is to promote a happier world, through a culture that prioritises happiness and kindness. We do this by helping people get together regularly (face-to-face where possible) to learn evidence-based skills for happier living, feel a sense of belonging and commit to personal action to create more happiness, both for themselves and others.
Chaplaincy as/and public theology
This paper explores the need for a renewed and creative engagement with theology on the part of chaplains so that it articulates and assists in chaplains’ public work in (mostly secular) institutions. Acknowledging the current performed public theology of chaplains and the dearth of formal theological activity, possible inhibitors to engaging with theology are then discussed. Images and metaphors of theology are advanced with a view to showing the pluriformity of this activity. It is then suggested that chaplains could adopt more creative and imaginative approaches to the theological tradition that might enable prophetic and apologetic roles within organisations, to the benefit of those organisations and chaplaincy itself.
Church of England
[a] Promoting mental health: A resource for spiritual and pastoral care This is a flexible tool for use in Church of England parishes, in a range of different groups and situations, to trigger discussion and debate. It was produced in 2005 by Mentality following work by a diverse steering group and much groundwork and piloting in local Church of England parishes.
Farsight “aims to increase awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health within African and African-Caribbean churches by equipping church leaders to talk about mental health with their congregations, and create mental health friendly environments in which everyone can learn and worship freely”
The Janki Foundation is a UK-based charity that encourages the integration of a spiritual model in modern healthcare. It uses a values-based approach to support healthcare practitioners through an educational programme, Values in Healthcare: a spiritual approach. The Foundation also produces books and materials to support healing and well-being including Lifting Your Spirits - Seven Tools for Coping with Illness, The Heart of Well-being - Seven tools for surviving and thriving, books with two CD's.
Mental Health Foundation
Since 1949, the Mental Health Foundation has been the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. Our vision is for a world with good mental health for all. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.
University of Oxford Centre for Suicide Research
People with experience of mental illness, and those who care for them, are at the heart of everything we do. They shape our expert advice, information and training, and 90 services. They also drive our campaigning and help to run over 140 local support groups. Supporting all this life-changing work are our incredible supporters, volunteers and staff members.
In this paper, on the rediscovery of the spiritual dimension in health and social care in England, Peter Gilbert looks at the current state of health and social care in England, and argues passionately that true leadership is required to being a sense of vocation and an holistic view of the person back into services so that the spirit of the age is not simply reductionist and material, but both personal and transpersonal.
Spirituality Special Interest Group (SPSIG)
A forum for psychiatrists to explore the spiritual challenges presented by psychiatric illness, and how best to respond to patients’ spiritual concerns.
The Spirituality Special Interest Group (SPSIG) runs day conferences, published newsletters and helps develop relevant training. It offers an essay prize, hosts an extensive archive and liaises with relevant national and international bodies.
The Guild of Health and St Raphael
The Guild of Health and St Raphael “brings together Christians, including doctors, psychologists, other health professionals and ministers of religion, to work in fellowship, for fuller health both for individuals and the community; to enable members to study the interaction between physical, mental and spiritual factors in wellbeing through conferences, publications and other educational endeavours; to sustain and strengthen by prayer and sacrament people who are sick or suffering in any way, and all those who minister to them; to help men and women to realise in themselves as members of the Christian family the abundant life offered in Christ and to share this in the world.
Understanding Mental Health and Spirituality, (2014)
This chapter (Chapter 1, pp. 23–43) is reproduced in full from Spirituality and Mental Health © Pavilion Publishing & Media and Peter Gilbert, 2011, with permission of Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd.
The chapter was chosen as illustrative of Peter’s inimitable style as well as of his key interests, many of which are discussed in John Swinton’s tribute article, ‘Peter Gilbert: In Memory of a Life Lived Well’, in this issue of JSS.
‘Hard to Believe’ [FILM]
Mind in Croydon’s influential ‘Hard to Believe’ DVD considers both mental health services' attitude and knowledge regarding peoples' spiritual needs and Faith communities' understanding of mental health problems/issues. The film tells the story of three service users, how their Spirituality was perceived by mental health services, and the role that Spirituality has played as part of their recovery. The film considers the work of the Chaplaincy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Nigel Copsey's Multi-Faith Team in East London. Dr Andrew Powell, who chaired the Royal College of Psychiatry's Spirituality Special Interest Group when the film was produced, also features. While some of the services featured have changed, the messages in the film remain as crucial and it can serve as an invaluable training tool.
Essex Mind and Spirit
Supporting people by raising awareness of spiritual care in mental health recovery. An important part of this work includes promoting respect for people’s beliefs and practices from faith traditions other than our own. This includes those beliefs of people who claim no religious affiliation, but nonetheless affirm themselves as spiritual beings.
Flickering candles of hope: spirituality, mental health and the search for meaning, (2007)
People experiencing mental distress often feel let down by faith communities, and find the world of conflicting world views puzzling and unhelpful as they struggle to find meaning, purpose, and acceptance in their own painful journey.
Jewish Association for Mental Illness
Jami’s vision is a Jewish community which accepts, acknowledges and understands mental illness. A community which is resilient and has the capacity and capability to be healthy. A community in which symptoms of mental illness are as recognisable as a heart attack and trigger an equally appropriate First Aid response. A community in which Parity of Esteem is a reality and an environment which helps, not hinders recovery.
We work with individuals, communities and organisations to help prevent mental illness from developing, improve early intervention and promote wellbeing.
Maslaha seeks to change and challenge the conditions that create inequalities for Muslim communities in areas such as education, gender, criminal justice, health, negative media coverage and a continued climate of Islamophobia. We understand deeply how this context can leave individuals and communities suffering and unable to realise their full potential.
Mental Health, Religion and Culture
Mental Health, Religion & Culture provides an authoritative forum and a single point of reference for the growing number of professionals and academics working in the expanding field of mental health and religion.
The journal publishes empirically-based work which explores the relationships between mental health and aspects of religion and culture, and discusses conceptual and philosophical aspects. Contributions are encouraged from a range of disciplines including: psychiatry, psychology, anthropology, sociology and other social sciences, philosophy, theology and religious studies, community and social work, counselling and pastoral work.
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Seeking inspiration: the rediscovery of the spiritual dimension in health and social care in England,(2010)
Not so long ago Western society assumed that its citizens would get progressively richer and more leisured, and that inequality would not matter. There was also an assumption that health and social care services would simultaneously become more technically proficient and more concerned with a person's dignity and their individual needs. This paper considers this theme, looks at the current state of health and social care and the need to bring a sense of the spiritual back to revivify the service.
Spiritual Competency Academy
The Spiritual Competency Academy offers mental health professionals a selection of unique courses that provide you with the skills and knowledge to become more spiritually competent. Our foundational curriculum starts with a course on how to conduct an evidence-based and spiritually sensitive spiritual assessment. Other courses cover a wide variety of topics including self-compassion, mindfulness, and forgiveness.
Spirituality and Health International: nurturing a new discourse… (2008)
On the 1 November 2006, Staffordshire University, in partnership with the National Institute for Mental Health in England and the National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum, organized a multi-faith symposium on perspectives in mental health involving all nine of the major faiths and the Humanists, with a strong user voice. It is planned that a series of symposia on related topics will be held on an annual or biannual basis.
The Path to Self-Compassion
Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?
Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct almost twenty years ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).