Spirituality and loss: Approaches for counseling grieving adolescents

The death of a loved one has serious implications for adolescent growth and development. The authors review relevant research on the grief process and spirituality in adolescence, and they give a rationale for integrating spirituality into adolescent grief work. By way of a case illustration, they draw implications for counselors’ use of spirituality in addressing […]

Exploring Métis health, spirituality and well-being: a patient-oriented community-based qualitative study with the Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3

Background: There is a lack of Métis-guided participatory research on factors that contribute to individual, family and community well-being, such as developing social support and engaging in cultural, social and historical processes for healing and health. The purpose of this study was to explore links among health, spirituality and well-being within the Métis Nation of Alberta […]

Connected in creation: A collection of lived experience through cultural expression

Connected in Creation is a wide-ranging anthology of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction written by fifteen First Nations and Métis staff at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. With powerful clarity and an abundance of wisdom, these writers speak of the hurt and losses of colonization, along with the hope, resilience, and fierce resistance […]

Influence of spiritual dimensions on suicide risk: The role of regional differences

The field of suicide prevention has been enriched by research on the association between spirituality and suicide. Many authors have suggested focusing on the various dimensions of religiosity in order to better understand the association between religion and suicidal risk, but it is unclear whether the relationship between spirituality and suicidality differs between countries with […]

Meditations with Native American Elders: The four seasons

Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons is a day-at-a-time book offering a quotation by a Native Elder at the top of each page in separate entries over an entire year. Each quote is followed by a reflection by author Don Coyhis, Mohican Nation. At the bottom of each page is a space for […]

What does it mean to be less depressed? Perceived impact of a spirituality informed e-mental health tool as an intervention for major depressive disorder in adolescents and young adults: A qualitative study

Background: Depression in adolescents and young adults is a major mental health condition that requires attention. It requires appropriate interventions given the potentially negative consequences related to interruption in the development process, interpersonal conflicts, academic underperformance, low self-esteem, and increased risk of suicide. The purpose of this qualitative inquiry was to supplement the pilot clinical […]

The gender-specific associations between religion/spirituality and suicide risk in a sample of Austrian psychiatric inpatients.

Most studies have found religion/spirituality to be protective against suicide risk, with a stronger effect among women. To understand this effect, theories of suicide and clinical samples are needed, but related studies are lacking. We applied two established suicide models in 753 psychiatric inpatients. Religion/spirituality correlated protectively with components of the suicide models, with stronger […]

Spirituality, religion, and suicidality among veterans: A qualitative study.

This qualitative study explores the relationship between veterans’ spirituality/religion and suicide ideation and attempts. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with 30 veterans who either endorsed chronic suicidal ideation or had made suicide attempt(s). Interviews explored the bi-directional relationship between spirituality/religion (e.g., beliefs, practices, and experiences), and suicide ideation and behaviors. Interviews were analyzed using thematic […]

Spiritual beliefs and meaning-making within the context of suicide bereavement.

This qualitative study explored the salience of spirituality in the lives of suicidally-bereaved individuals. Eleven bereaved individuals and four mental health workers were interviewed in depth on their subjective experience of suicide bereavement and on their experience of working with suicide bereavement, respectively. The suicide of a loved one had a significant impact on their […]

Continuing bonds through after-death spiritual experiences in individuals bereaved by suicide.

Bereaved persons sometimes report after-death spiritual experiences with loved ones who have died, which may represent continuing bonds, though little research exists regarding this phenomenon among those bereaved by suicide. This study sought to examine the frequency and correlates of these experiences among survivors of suicide loss. A majority of respondents experienced continuing bonds through […]

Religion and suicide risk: A systematic review.

Although religion is reported to be protective against suicide, the empirical evidence is inconsistent. Research is complicated by the fact that there are many dimensions to religion (affiliation, participation, doctrine) and suicide (ideation, attempt, completion). We systematically reviewed the literature on religion and suicide over the last 10 years (89 articles) with a goal of […]

Purpose in life and well-being: The relationship between purpose in life, hope, coping, and inward sensitivity among first-year university students.

The present study investigated the relationship between purpose in life, hope, coping, and spiritual sensitivity among a sample of 166 first year psychology students. Family support and hopefulness predicted strong purpose in life. Inward sensitivity, together with agency thinking as part of hopefulness, notably increased the predictive variance of strong purpose in life. Positive correlations […]

Allying with the medicine wheel: Social work practice with Aboriginal peoples.

This article uses a Medicine Wheel model, a structural social work framework and an anti-oppression stance, to practice culturally sensitive social work with Aboriginal peoples. The Medicine Wheel model is appropriate when working with many Aboriginal peoples because it considers spirituality important to healing. Using the Medicine Wheel guides the social worker to holistic, balanced […]

Clinical implications of spirituality to mental health: Review of evidence and practical guidelines.


Religiosity, mood symptoms, and quality of life in bipolar disorder.


A test of faith in God and treatment: The relationship of belief in God to psychiatric treatment outcomes.


Religion and spirituality in online suicide bereavement: An analysis of online memorials.

The study explores the role of religion and/or spirituality in suicide bereavement by analyzing this theme in online memorials dedicated to suicide victims. Some suicide survivors spontaneously mention the role of religious/spiritual beliefs in coping with their loss.

Depression: Understanding the black dog.

Having suffered from major depression for much of her life, Stephanie Sorrell has learned to work with the disease rather than against it. Where so many mental-health books feature Ôfighting and overcomingÔ depression, her experience and understanding have enabled her to see the value of the condition rather than what it can take away. In […]

A prayer for those who died by suicide. A prayer for healing.


Can spiritual ecograms be utilized in mental health services to promote culturally appropriate family and couples therapy with Indigenous people?

Research addressing the potential utilization of spiritual ecograms with Indigenous families and children, specified by experienced professional in the field of Native-American psychology, was critiqued and reviewed in order to attend to its influence and applicability regarding the literature of Indigenous family therapy, and how it could be beneficial in therapy with Indigenous families. The […]

Utilizing spiritual ecograms with Native American families and children to promote cultural competence in family therapy.

This study signifies an initial step at giving family therapists an important assessment tool as they seek to increase cultural competence with Native American families and children. To determine the relevancy and consistency of utilizing a spiritual ecogram assessment tool with Native Americans, 50 Native American participants, with extensive experience with this population, reviewed, rated, […]

Suicidal ideation, affective lability, and religion in depressed adults.

Suicidal ideation is a strong precursor to suicidal acts and like depression is complex with many risk and protective factors. The purpose of this study is to determine if affect lability, positive and negative religion/spirituality (RS) are related to suicidal ideation and if RS mediates the relationship between affect lability and suicidal ideation. RS are […]

Spirituality: its role as a mediating protective factor in youth at risk for suicide.

aim of this study is to examine the role of spiritual well-being as a predictor of suicide risk, specifically the role of spiritual beliefs as a mediating variable in predicting risk in a diverse sample of college-aged youth. Participants (N = 243) completed self-report instruments to assess suicidality, social support, spiritual well-being, and reasons for […]