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Faith and Mental Health

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The importance of our mental health has been highlighted widely in recent years. This is a welcome and necessary development. Professional voices from psychology, psychiatry and medicine have all argued for increasing awareness of the importance of mental health and the need for greater support structures to help people with mental health problems. One body who has still to find their voice on this crucial topic is the Church. This is lamentable for the wisdom of the Gospel and faith Tradition of the Church have much light to shed on the topic of mental health. Here I offer ten ways in which Christian faith contributes to a sound mental health, prefaced with three important caveats.