Year: 2005 Source: Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, v.4, no.1, (2005), p.1-9 SIEC No: 20051309

This paper contrasts the lived experience of suicidality with the academic & professional discipline of suicidology to show that an identifiable ‘spirituality gap’ exists between the lived experience of mental health difficulties & the professional expertise of mental health practitioners, arising from a scientific commitment to objective knowledge that denies subjective knowledge, therefore excluding spirituality. The author concludes with a call for ‘first-person data’ & ‘first-person methods’ to be attended to in order to bridge the spirituality gap. (18 refs)