People’s lives can be devastated by poor mental health. They may be in touch with mental health services or they may not. In either case our experiences show us that acknowledging one’s spiritual self can be a force for change/good, aiding recovery from debilitating and milder distress.
Spirituality had been part of human activity and experience for more than 70,000 years. The evidence for this is to be found in the earliest cave drawings many of which can be seen in central and southern France. It is only in the last 20 years particularly that there has been an extraordinary resurgence of interest, research and education in spirituality. In the early nineties the number of papers written about nursing and spirituality was in single figures. In 2009-10 the number had risen to over a hundred – truly phenomenal.
But spirituality and mental health are both very complex. This website goes some way to illuminating some of these complexities
We are delighted to announce that the Second Professor Peter Gilbert Memorial Lecture took place on 9th May and was presented by Professor John Swinton who is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen. He is also an honorary Professor of Nursing at the university's Centre for Advanced Studies in Ministry.The two and a half hour lecture focused on the Naming things properly: re-imagining “mental illness”, "dementia", and other seriously misunderstood experiences.It explored some of the ways in which we have come to misname the experiences that are associated with certain forms of mental health problem, causing many of us to misinterpret and respond negatively to such experiences. The lecture offered a spiritual perspective that can effectively help us to re-name such experiences in ways which offer hope and new possibilities.