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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 343–355 | Cite as

Concepts, Practices and Advantages of Spirituality Among People with a Chronic Mental Illness in Melbourne

  • Simon Jones
  • Keith Sutton
  • Anton IsaacsEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

There is a relative paucity of literature in the field of spirituality among people who have a lived experience of severe mental illness from Australia. Sixteen individuals with a severe mental illness were interviewed on their experiences of spirituality. The three themes that emerged from the data were concepts of spirituality, benefits of intentional spiritual practices and perceived spiritual benefits of recreational pursuits and physical activity. This paper adds to the relatively sparse literature on spirituality among persons with a mental illness in Australia.

Keywords

Spirituality Religion Mental disorder Mental health services Recovery 

Notes

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monash Rural HealthMoeAustralia
  2. 2.School of Rural HealthMonash UniversityTraralgonAustralia

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