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Breathing Space, (Jan 2006)

Professor Peter Gilbert

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.

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

Professor Peter Gilbert

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.

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

Professor Peter Gilbert

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.

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Don’t mention God, (2006)

Professor Peter Gilbert and Natalie Watts

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.

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

Professor Peter Gilbert

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

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

Professor Peter Gilbert

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.

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Flickering candles of hope: spirituality, mental health and the search for meaning, (2007)

Bernard Moss and Professor Peter Gilbert

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.

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Spirituality and Health International: nurturing a new discourse… (2008)

Professor Peter Gilbert

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.

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Gods and gurdwaras: the Spiritual Care Programme at the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust, (2010)

Madeleine Parkes & Peter Gilbert

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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FLICKERING CANDLES OF HOPE: SPIRITUALITY, MENTAL HEALTH, AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING: Some Personal Perspectives, (2007)

Bernard Moss and Peter Gilbert

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. This epilogue arises from a recent conference held at Staffordshire University (UK) where representatives from the nine faiths recognized by the Department of Health (UK), together with humanist

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Seeking inspiration: the rediscovery of the spiritual dimension in health and social care in England,(2010)

Professor Peter Gilbert

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.

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Social Work and Spirituality, (2010)

A book review by Professor Peter Gilbert

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Spirituality and mental health: a very preliminary overview, (2007)

Professor Peter Gilbert

Today, it is widely recognized that the religious wars in Europe in the 17th century brought organized religion as

a force for good into disrepute. The Enlightenment promised a new and improved approach to the ascent

of human knowledge and societal interaction, but that has had its drawbacks as well, as rationality has sometimes slid into a form of: all that matters is what you can measure! Michel Foucault’s…

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Understanding Mental Health and Spirituality, (2014)

Professor Peter Gilbert

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.

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Spirituality”: “Weasel-Word” or Gateway to New Understandings, (2006)

Professor Peter Gilbert

Visiting the Samuel Palmer Exhibition at the British Museum, I was struck, not only by the spiritual power of the paintings, especially in the late Shoreham period such as, my favorite: The Magic Apple Tree (circa 1830)—but

how Palmer appeared to bring both Christian and Pantheistic themes into his work. The museum’s exhibition collator remarks that Palmer saw the fruitfulness of the earth as an intimation of Divine creativity.

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The NHS Chaplaincy Guidelines 2015

Promoting Excellence in Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care

NHS England, Report by Margaret McGettrick, The Forum Vice-Chair

The NHS has recently issued new Chaplaincy guidelines, providing good practice guidelines for the NHS in England [NHS 2015].

NB: From 1 April 2015, the NHS Chaplaincy programme will be hosted by the Nursing Directorate.

‘The NHS Chaplaincy programme is part of NHS England’s drive to ensure good patient care and compliance with policy and legislative drivers.’

It was ‘prepared by The Revd Dr Chris Swift in consultation with the Chaplaincy leadership Forum [CLF] and the National Equality and Health Inequalities Team, NHS England’.  The CLF was formed in September 2013 as a means of dialogue between NHS England and the various chaplaincy organisations.

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Chaplaincy as/and public theology    click the link to download full article

Professor Stephen Pattison - 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.


NSMHF Report of the forum:

Child abuse and its impact on adult mental health: how can spirituality help?  To download, please click here

The forum discussion looked at the context and current research, the effect of early life trauma and abuse [the symptoms of disrupted attachment, complex trauma and dissociation and explored the importance of the role of the body and brain in symptoms and recovery], explored the three phase model of recovery and looked spirituality [what helps and what hinders].

Margaret McGettrick - Vice chairman National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum (NSMHF)

Forum Trustee for the Catholic Bishop’s Conference Mental Health Reference Group


Seeking Inspiration

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.

Peter Gilbert, September 2010


Hinduism and Mental Health: Engaging British Hindus

In this paper psychiatrist and Hindu pastor Chetna Kang considers how understanding service users’ symptoms in the context of their cultural background can be of great importance, and looks at the teachings of Hinduism and how they may influence Hindus suffering mental health problems, in particular, British Hindus.

Dr. Chetna Kang, September 2010



Faith Benefits

In this article, two doctors from the Christian Medical fellowship sum up the research evidence around religion and health.

Alex Bunn and David Randall, Easter 2010


Dementia and a Christian Perspective

A Paper prepared for the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council

Arthur Hawes, January 2010


Should I pray?  Part 1 and Part 2

Article in Community Care magazine by Maria Ahmed on the controversies surrounding Christianity and social work practice

Maria Ahmed, October 2009


Access to Mental Health Project

A report by the Project Manager of JAMI - The Jewish Association for Mental Illness, describing the development of a Jewish-specific forum and website bringing together London’s mental health service providers, with useful lessons for culturally-sensitive mental health services.

Michael Pearce, December 2009


The Heart of Caring

An article for A Life in the Day journal by former chair of Forum describing the purpose and inspiration behind the Forum.

Dr. Martin Aaron, November 2008


Strangers in a Strange Land – Part 1

Article on our modern predicament of being strangers in a strange land unpacking the idea of pilgirmage and what it represents. The first part is an introduction by Professor Peter Gilbert

Professor Peter Gilbert, February 2008


Strangers in a Strange Land - Part 2

The second part of the article on pilgrimage, by Jay Boodhoo, gives a Hindu perspective on 'musafir' or being a traveller, looking at pilgrimage as 'a series of inter-generational journeys that allow us to connect and integrate our past, present and future'

Jay Boodhoo, February 2008


Strangers in a Strange Land – Part 3

The final part of the article, by Sarah Carr, looks at pilgrimage as 'a ritual to make sense of suffering and even transform because of it'. She uses the metaphor of people experiencing distress suffering like pilgrims crossing a formidable landscape then striving to negotiate interactions with a seemingly unchanged world

Sarah Carr, February 2008


Engaging Hearts and Minds

Article in Journal of Integrated Care with a broad focus on migration and questions of identity, plus write-up of multi-faith symposium held at Staffs University 2006

Professor Peter Gilbert, August 2007


Engaging Hearts and Minds

Sister article in Journal of Integrated Care to Peter Gilbert's 'engaging...' giving commentary on BME communities and holistic care with reference to the multi-faith symposium at Staffs University

Philomena Harrison, August 2007


The Sea, Me and God

Article in Openmind magazine with personal points of view includes examples of people's experiences of spirituality / faith in relation to their mental health.

Professor Peter Gilbert and Vicky Nicholls, March 2007


Reaching the Spirit

Report of Social Perspectives Network (SPN) study day on spirituality and mental health containing range of contributions and perspectives about the sp/mh relationship.

SPN, April 2006


Breathing Space

Article in Community Care on spirituality and mental health author Peter Gilbert.

Professor Peter Gilbert, January 2006


Keep up your Spirits

Article on the joys of jogging and being a member of a running club.

Professor Peter Gilbert, September 2005

ARTICLES

A useful resource of articles for your perusal