Caroline Lavin Herling, Gabriel Christopher Janus, Gabrielle N. Wilson


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process. Course: SSC 200



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This study asks how religion addresses mental health, with a focus on how it can provide for the common good. The purpose was to explore how religions or religious contacts have been intermingling with the more common dialogue around mental health within the past 20 years. A literature review of relevant articles in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology revealed that from India to the United States, religion and mental health are concurrent topics in the lives of those individuals who have mental illnesses and practice spirituality. Some of the key points we found are that being in a community, such as being in a religious community can help the mental health of the people and helps them to form better social skills and mental processes. While there is no one way to approach mental health, if you have a role within religion, those individuals mental health seems to be better than those who do not. In India, the impact of the caste system has an effect on the mental health and religious groups are working to ameliorate those effects. The meaning that people can take away from this presentation on mental health in religion is that participation in religious communities can provide outlets and resources to help people stay mentally positive and happy.

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Course Project

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Laura M. Leming

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-Being

Let’s Get Mental! : How Mental Health and Religion Work Together to Support the Common Good