Spiritual and religious beliefs

Dr Shilpa Aggarwal, Prof George Patton and Prof Nicola Reavley have been commissioned by the Wellcome Trust to review and synthesise evidence on the role of religious and spiritual beliefs in the prevention, treatment and coping with anxiety and depression in young people.

“We’re interested in exploring the various aspects of spirituality and religion such as the extent to which the person feels at peace /centered, is able to find meaning in times of hardship and feels good about the direction of their life and understanding how this impacts mental health as adolescents develop,” Dr Aggarwal said.