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International Network for the Study of Spirituality

Spirituality, Mental Health and Wellbeing SIG

Chairs: Jill Buckledee and Dr Katja Milner

This SIG focusses upon spirituality, mental health and wellbeing across diverse contexts, including in relation to study, research and practice.

The group emphasises co-creating a safe yet focussed space to reflect, explore and share skills and inspiration together.

All INSS members are welcome to join.


Patricia CarlisleMonday 1 July 12.00-13.30 BST

"Exploring Spirituality, Mental Health and Epistemic Injustice."  

Presentation by Dr Patricia Carlisle, Queen's University, Belfast.


29 April 2024"Religious Disaffiliation: Subsequent experiences of life and care needs" with Maria Björkmark.

Leaving a religious community may lead to significant changes in a person’s life. Dr Maria Björkmark, University Lecturer at Åbo Akademi University in Finland, presented a summary of her Doctoral research highlighting the implications of religious disaffiliation for a person’s life and health, and what constitutes support and care in this context. 

29 January 2024.  "Meaning Making in Spirituality and Mental Health" with Katja Milner and Katie Mottram.

Dr Katja Milner presented a summary of her Doctoral research on meaning making in the context of spirituality, mental health and recovery. She was joined by Katie Mottram, founder of ‘Emerging Proud’ who discussed meaning making in the context of spiritual emergence.

27th November 2023. "Finding HOPE in Existential Crisis: The role of spirituality in suicide aftercare and prevention"

with Dr Simon Jones

We welcomed Dr Simon Jones from La Trobe University, Australia, to outline his experiences of working with suicide as Programme Lead of the Hospital Outreach  Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) Programme in rural Australia, and the role spirituality plays in existential crisis.

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