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The Joyful Life: Mental Health and Well-Being from a Faith-Based Perspective


  • Synod Hall 125 North Craig Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15213 United States (map)

Contemporary psychiatry and clinical psychology have grown to appreciate the important role that faith plays in mental health and well-being. A large, impressive and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that faith can be linked to a variety of positive outcomes. Self-reported religiousness and spirituality have been found to predict lower incidence of depression, decreased anxiety, better long-term prognosis in cases of psychosis, protection from onset of post-traumatic stress disorder, and lower substance abuse. Faith has also been linked to various indicators of positive mental health, including greater happiness, joyfulness, intrinsic motivation, meaning in life, vitality, and virtues such as hope and agape love. This seminar will examine how psychological science can inform faith-based strategies to cultivate better mental health and well-being that can help individuals to prevent and better cope with stress and suffering. The seminar will also examine ways that Christian faith and practices can also help individuals cultivate a sense of inner peace and unconditional joy despite one’s worldly circumstances. Finally, the seminar will examine ways to identify signs of mental health concerns in others and strategies to intervene to help those who are undergoing a mental health crisis.

Later Event: October 27
Course Preview Dinner