This Learning Pack is the second of 2 that looks at mental health issues and challenges through various lenses – lived experience, psychological understanding and strategies, clinical definitions and diagnosis, psychiatric considerations, Anthroposophic medicine, anthroposophy and spiritual experiences, and biography work.
In this Learning Pack, you will deepen understanding of mental health phenomena from a holistic, spiritual perspective. In the first Learning Pack, Mental Health Challenges, we look at common mental health issues and look at strategies for managing these challenges. In this second Learning Pack, Mental Health Crisis and Spiritual Emergency, we look at more severe mental health issues, for example those that have psychotic features, and at the overlap with the spiritual experiences that may challenge individuals in our time.
In this Learning Pack, we learn to discriminate between a mental health crisis such as a psychotic episode, and a spiritual experience.We explore how to recognise, understand and contextualise phenomena related to spiritual emergency. We consider the ethical implications of work in this area.
Our ‘I’ is of central importance. This Spiritual part of us strives to balance inner and outer dynamic forces. How can we strengthen our ‘I’ function? One of our aims is to increase awareness of Salutogenesis – keeping well – and how the ‘I’ can assist with this.
Work through this Learning Pack, and you will understand more about mental health crisis from a holistic perspective, and the relationship between physical symptoms and mental and emotional well-being. You will also be able to prepare for small group sharing, either within our online sessions, or within a Study group.