Mental Health and Spiritual Wellness



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Mental health and spiritual wellness are intimately connected. You cannot be totally well unless you are mentally well. The mind is one of the three pillars of wellness (these being: body, mind and spirit). Therefore keeping well mentally and adressing issues of mental "unwellness" is paramount to maintaining overall spiritual wellness.

Like any aspect of life, mental health can be approached from a spiritual point of view. Working to improve mental health or to heal mental health issues can be incorporated into your life as a powerful spiritual practice. That is the specific perspective we will take in this site.

Mental health as a spiritual practice is so much more empowering, fulfilling and meaningful than "treating" mental health, isn't it?

Here we hope to offer some valuable tools, perspectives and approaches to working with your mental health. Lets start with the basics though.

There are a huge array of mental health issues and diagnoses out there, which can be confusing, overwhelming and frightening. However we can simplify the understanding of mental health issues by broadly sorting them into four general categories:

1) Depression and depressive disorders (including bi-polar II disorder)


2) Anxiety and panic disorders (including obsessive-compulsive disorders)


3) Trauma and Personality disorders (which we are now learning are strongly related to early childhood or complex developmental trauma - such as abuse)


4) Psychotic disorders (including bipolar I disorder)

Most mental health diagnoses and disorders can be sorted to fit into one of these four categories.

Interestingly, the first three categories of mental health issues are strongly related to stress or stressful events and the ability to manage these.

The forth category - psychotic disorders - are thought to be more organically rooted in neurology but even psychotic disorders are thought to be greatly influenced and exacerbated by stress.

Therefore understanding the effects of stress and how to utilize stress management techniques is one of the cornerstones of mental health wellness.

Two other mental health issues that people commonly struggle with are grief and anger.

Grief, as painful an experience as it can be, is really part of a natural healing process whenever a significant loss is experienced and is not in and of itself considered a mental health issue. Only when grief becomes dysfunctional (ie. is getting worse and not healing) would it be considered a mental health issue. We will deal with grief separately later.

Anger is simply "the other side" of anxiety and is ultimately based in the same issue - fear. Therefore anger will be dealt with in the discussion on anxiety.

In the following pages you will find guidance, strategies and techniques for enhancing your mental wellness and to address your mental health issues.

This page is currently under construction. Please check back often for new information and updates that will be added on a regular basis!