Mental illness comprises a wide range of disorders and varies in its severity. The effect of mental illness can be severe on the individuals and families concerned and its influence is far-reaching for society as a whole. Social problems commonly associated with mental illness include poverty, unemployment or reduced productivity and homelessness. Those with mental illness often experience problems such as isolation, discrimination and stigma.
Australian Mental Health Statistics
Around 7.3 million of Australians aged 16–will experience a common mental health-related condition such as depression, anxiety or a substance use disorder in their lifetime according to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Estimates from the second National Survey of Psychosis conducted in March 2010 suggest almost 64,000 people have a psychotic illness and are in contact with public specialised mental health services each year. The second national household survey of the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children and adolescents (Young Minds Matter) released in August 2015 estimates that 560,000 child and adolescents aged 4–17 experienced mental health disorders in 2012–13.
AIHW estimates that over $7.6 billion per annum is spent on mental health-related services in Australia. Services include residential and community services, hospital based services (both inpatient and outpatient), consultation with specialists and general practitioners. Statistics taken from Mental health services in Australia http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au/home/
The above statistics are sobering, where has our society gone so wrong and out of kilter? How is it possible that it was predicted 560,000 children and adolescents were expected to experience mental health issues in 2012-2013.
So how to manage this burgeoning problem and bring about change? The primary healthcare model prescribes drugs, offers counselling, or treatments with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Whilst all of these treatment methods have their place and part to play in the tapestry of healthcare but what about Spiritual healing? We really need to take stock of the phrase: If you keep doing what you are doing your are going to get more of the same.
It is old news that babies, children and adults all need not just mental stimulation but physical and emotional contact. Individuals who do not get sufficient and or positive emotional and physical contact during infancy are more likely to have behavioural issues and emotional and social problems as they grow up and in fact throughout their lives. We need to facilitate change in our not only the new generation but the generation that is currently having children and inadvertently passing on their own wounding.
Is Spiritual Healing for Mental Health valid?
So, Spiritual healing for mental health? Absolutely! Spiritual healing can bring about change and wholeness because it can directly deals with the issues of isolation and separation. We are tribal people and we need to be physically present to get the full benefits of our tribe. Making contact on FaceBook, Skype, SMS or the isolated contact we experience in the workplace, shopping malls does not do it for us. We all need to be acknowledge, treated with respect and cared for.
Many individuals are feeling desperately lonely, disconnected, isolated and certainly uncared for. Unfortunately this is happening at a younger and younger age. The kind of spiritual healing that I offer allows you to heal your wounds from lack of connect and the flow on feelings of being unloved or unwanted or in some cases feeling invisible. Eventually allowing you to take down the protective wall you have around you which is of course counterproductive. My brand of spiritual healing offers emotional healing rather than specifically “mental” because we were emotional beings well before we were mental beings. If we feel emotional wholeness then many other aspects of wellness follow. Part of emotional healing involves emotional education. It is time to realise that intellectual intelligence is only part of the picture.
Wellness is more than a healthy body, it is also a healthy mind and healthy emotions. Wellness is experienced when we feel connected to our world, believe that we make a difference and that we have value, purpose and life is meaningful to us. Spiritual healing is really a vehicle for personal development and evolution. Spiritual healing does not require you to hand over your power to a higher being or even believe that one exists. Nor does it require you to give up your free will to another individual. Spiritual healing allows you to get into connection with yourself and through reconnecting to yourself you find you can also connect to the people around you and all of life’s wonderful opportunities to express your uniqueness.
I personally look forward to the day when our mental health services consider integrating the vast untapped resource of spiritual healing and personal development into their recommended treatment options. Spiritual healing for mental health is a very valuable option. Spiritual growth is a ride of a lifetime and it never ends it provides constant change and expansion into greater experience of love and connection. Spiritual doesn’t have to be mean religious!