Truth in Troubled Times: Catholic Education and the Mental Health of Young People in Contemporary Ireland
The correlation between religious practice, specifically as a result of participation in Catholic Education, and positive mental health amongst young people will be explored in this article. The current state of, and trends in, the mental health of young people internationally and in Ireland will be discussed. The role religious practice plays in contributing towards more positive mental health will next be investigated. Following this, the changing landscape of Ireland in terms of decreased religious practice and increased secularization will be examined. Further, the means through which Catholic Education can contribute positively to mental health will then be explored. The spiritual crisis of western civilisation and its effects on young people will be discussed. Next, there will be an exploration of how Catholic Education can help young people to understand their origins, provide a strong sense of belonging, and offer the truth about the purpose of their lives.