Ella Meyer
Mar 23, 2018

Religion and Mental Health

5 comments
Felicity Wong
Sep 8, 2018

I think those are both really interesting correlations made between religion and mental health. Although I think there are warrants for both correlations, I don't necessarily think that, for example, religion and psychotic delusions have a casual relationship or that religion should be "prescribed" to help people with mental illness.

 

For me personally, I think it's about finding balance. Offering those religious services will probably be beneficial to many people and provide a good channel for them to explore spiritual life if they choose to do so. However, providing religious resources as just type of "medication" for those who are suffering from mental illness can almost seem like religious appropriation. For many, religion is not only a way for them to feel happy, but also, it's a conveyor of profound, life-changing truths. That's why I think mental health professionals should exercise thoughtful intention if they're considering this as a service for those who suffer from mental illness.

Alan Gao
Sep 19, 2018

I have to completely agree with Felicity. While there's definitely merit to using religion to cope with mental health issues, I fear for the practice quickly devolving into pushing religion onto individuals with mental health issues when it is not properly regulated and administered.

 

Again, there is definitely merit to the concept, and it should be offered as an avenue for the individual to pursue on their own time, similar to how yoga could be a possible avenue of stress release for individuals.

Imèn Ha
Sep 22, 2018

I think religion could be used as a resource to help cope with mental health issues. We cannot deny that religon still holds a special place for people. It is a safe haven, a refuge for many as they turn to God when seeking an answer, looking for a solution or trying to find a way out. Thus, it could help to certain degree. However, it should remain merely an option not the only plan to execute. Also, religion could be used in ditorted way. It should not be used as an excuse to force it on reluctant people.

Levi Cannon
Sep 25, 2018

Religion should not be used as a resource to help people cope with mental health issues. Individuals suffering from mental health issues are at their most vulnerable, we should not take advantage of their state to push our beliefs onto them. The article does explain that religion improves mental health and that probably is the case. However, giving patients dealing with mental health issues a god to believe in instead of believing in themselves can be detrimental to their recovery. Religion should be an option for religious people who are struggling with mental health issues, but standard industry practice should remain far away from religion.

Felicity Wong
Sep 26, 2018

Hi Levi, that's a really interesting perspective on offering religion as mental services; I definitely agree with your conclusion in that religion can be an option but should be used with caution, but I have a few questions. Why do you think that giving people a choice to talk to a religious leader / counselor would be imposing beliefs on them and therefore detriment their recovery? I have certainly known of many instances in which people, both religious and non-religious, have been able to find healing via religion, whether it's meditating (Buddhism) or talking to a pastor. Do you know of specific instances or reasons why those would be bad for their recovery?

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