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Books & Publications about Spiritual Mental Health & Well-being

Spirituality and Mental Health book

Published by Pavilion in 2011, this book is called 'Spirituality and Mental Health'. It is edited by Peter Gilbert. There are 23 chapters by a range of distinguished authors in touch with experience, practice and research and ranges across perspectives from 'the cradle to the grave', and issues around mindfulness, reflective practice, assessing spiritual needs and a variety of approaches.

Publications from the Mental Health Foundation. Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live. There is a lot about spirituality on their website:

A helpful book: 'How to Do Life' - powerful pointers for powerful living' by Perry Akasha Lonsdale. This is a real gem of a book full of helpful 'tips' on how to live life, written by an empathetic and kind psychotherapist, coach, counsellor and Interfaith Minister. Buy it from Akasha's website:

Research findings: The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Spirituality - Dr William Bloom (the respected contemporary spirituality author and teacher) has given us permission to make available his notes on this topic as a free download -

William Bloom Health & Wellbeing

Dr William Bloom is one the UK’s most experienced teachers, healers, and authors in the field of holistic development and a pioneer in the field of wellbeing and spirituality. Director of the Spiritual Companions Trust, he spent 30 years on the faculty of the Findhorn Foundation and was co-founder and director of the St James Church Alternatives Programme in London. His books include The Endorphin Effect, The Power of Modern Spirituality, and Meditation in a Changing World. He is a popular speaker at International Health Conferences and has worked with the NHS, The Penny Brohn Centre and hospices.

Essential Spirituality: The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind – Roger Walsh

Published: 6 October 2000, John Wiley & Sons; New edition

Roger Walsh finds that all religions have teachings on reducing craving, cultivating emotional wisdom, living ethically, calming the mind, awakening spiritual vision, developing spiritual intelligence and expressing spirit in action through the joy of service. He quotes throughout from the wisdom of the Buddha, Lao Tsu, Jesus and others to present-day teachers.

Paths Beyond Ego – Roger Walsh, Frances Vaughan

Published: Oct 1994, Warner Books

Fifty essays discuss psychotherapy, meditation, dreams, psychedelics, ethics, philosophy, science, and ecology.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse – by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published: 17 Jan 2002, Guilford Press; 1 edition

This book presents an innovative eight-session program designed to prevent relapse in clients who have recovered from depression.

Full Catastrophe Living: How to Cope with Stress, Pain and Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation - by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published: 22 Feb 2001,Piatkus Books

In the fifteen years since its initial publication, Full Catastrophe Living has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide. It has established itself both as an excellent beginner's guide to meditation and as the bible for a mind/body movement that has transformed Western medicine.

The Ever-Transcending Spirit: The Psychology of Human Relationships, Consciousness, and Development – by Toru Sato

Published:1 Aug 2003,

A great book for achieving higher consciousness, deep self awareness, powerful intuition.

A Sociable God: Toward a New Understanding of Religion – Ken Wilber. Published: 28 April 2005, Shambhala

Publications Inc; New edition

One of the first attempts to bring a transpersonal dimension to sociology, this scholarly book introduces a system of reliable methods by which to make testable judgements of the authenticity of any religious movement.

Spirituality and Psychiatry - by Chris Cook, Andrew Powell, and Andrew Sims

Published: 27 May 2009, RCPsych Publications

Spirituality is a crucial but sometimes overlooked aspect of mental well-being and psychiatric care. This book explores the nature of spirituality, its relationship to religion, and the reasons for its importance in clinical practice. In this comprehensive and evidence-based text, the authors discuss the prevention and management of illness, as well as the maintenance of recovery.

Spirituality, Values and Mental Health – Jewels for the journey. Edited by Mary Ellen Coyte, Peter Gilbert, and Vicky Nicholls. Foreword by John Swinton

Published: 2007 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

A book of poems, personal stories, spiritual assessments and experiences. It captures a broad range of contemporary perspectives on the issue of spirituality and mental health. Academics, practitioners and poets are drawn together effectively to show us how far understanding has developed and illustrates how this understanding has relevance to modern day practice in mental health care.

The Inward Arc: Healing in Psychotherapy and Spirituality - Frances Vaughan

Published: January 2, 2001, iUnivers

The Inward Arc offers practical wisdom for healthy human development and valuable guiding principles for integrating psychological and spiritual growth. It provides a wealth of information about transpersonal psychology and a variety of experiential exercises for inspiration and renewal.

Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions - Frances Vaughan

Published: September 14, 2005,

A brilliant and groundbreaking exploration of the promises and pitfalls of the spiritual path written by one of the pioneers of transpersonal psychology. A must for every serious spiritual seeker, students of consciousness, and all those concerned about the future of our planet.

Living with Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery - Marius Romme

Published: September 11, 2009, PCCS Books in association with Birmingham City University

A new analysis of the hearing voices experience outside the illness model, resulted in accepting and making sense of voices. This study of 50 stories forms the evidence for this successful new approach to working with voice hearers.

Saints and Madmen: How Pioneering Psychiatrists Are Creating a New Science of the Soul – Russell Shorto

Published: 1 Dec 2000, Henry Holt & Company Inc.

Russell Shorto offers evidence of a new movement in psychiatry, in which established doctors are assuming a more holistic approach to psychotic episodes and taking the patient's soul into account. This is not a cavalier dismissal of all that can be gained from appropriate diagnoses of (and medications for) mental illness; rather, it is an impressively researched argument for opening up to the idea of spiritual visions.

Far Side of Madness - John Weir Perry

Published: April 2005, Spring Publications

When The Far Side of Madness was first published in 1974, John Weir Perry's deep insight into the nature of so-called “schizophrenia” opened the way for a radically new, more compassionate approach to this condition. This pioneering work of Jungian psychiatry reframes acute psychotic episodes in the context of visionary experience of schizophrenic patients and describes innovative methods of handling them.

Healing the Split – John E Nelson

Published: January 1994, State University of New York Press

Dr. Nelson brings clear understanding to the confusion that often surrounds the types and causes of altered states of consciousness. For anyone who is at all interested in the nature of the human mind, this book is fascinating, educational, and useful.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published: May 1990, Delacorte Pr.

This is a great resource for people who suffer from any type of chronic (long-term) health problems. It is based on the author's experience with thousands of people who have participated in a course called the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Simply Sane: The Spirituality of Mental Health - Gerald May

Published: 27 Oct 1993, Crossroad Publishing Co ,U.S.

Dr.May talks about his own journey along the trail connecting psychology and spirituality during the past seventeen years, and offers fresh new insights on trust, solitude, and prayer.

Spirituality in Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a Forgotten Dimension - John Swinton

Published: 15 Feb 2001, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Discusses evidence that suggests those who seek to provide health care are not taking it seriously enough. This work presents a model of mental health care that will enable carers to incorporate spirituality effectively into their caring strategies.

Drug repair that works – Jost Sauer

Published: January 2009 by ALLEN & UNWIN

Drawing on his long-term expertise, Jost Sauer presents readers with a powerful, practical, step-by-step recovery regime and a wealth of case studies, which deal with a whole range of drug issues including: why drug experiences aren't wasted, what's really going on in psychotic episodes and how to handle the post drug emotional roller-coaster.

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway! : Susan Jeffers

Published by: 1987, Arrow

Susan Jeffers proves how you can tackle your own fear - whether this is work, relationships or just simply fear of taking control. Personal Healing (Audio Cassette)

Caroline Myss

Published: 28 Dec 2006, Sounds True Inc.,U.S

Recorded live in the intimate atmosphere of St James Palace in the presence of the Prince of Wales, Caroline Myss talks about the ability we all have to heal ourselves and how we can control that healing process. She argues that because of the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit we are all responsible not only for our health but also for our healing process both on a physical level and a spiritual one.

A Mood Apart - A Thinkers Guide to Emotion - Peter C. Whybrow

Published: 1998, Picador

A complex book written by a clinical psychologist that understands people’s emotions after working with mood disorders for 25 years. Peter C. Whybrow examines the biological and psycho-social factors that determine mood.

Assert Yourself: Gael Lindenfield

Published: 1992, Thorsons

A do-it-yourself course in assertiveness training. Describes why we need to be assertive and how to achieve this without being aggressive. The writer works on building self-esteem and giving compliments.

We're All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free: Bo Lozoff's

Published: 1985 - Human Kindness Foundation

This book is divided into three sections. Lozoff helps us to understand the powers of our spiritual self by turning both good and bad experiences into lessons by which we can grow and gain strength so that we are more helpful to others.

Happiness Quotations: A Helen Exley Giftbook

Published: 1992 Exley Giftbooks

A beautiful collection of wise thoughts about happiness is compiled from the works of famous writers down the ages. Share the insights into the deepest reasons for contentment and joy.

Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner. J. William Worden

Published: 2009- Springer Publishing Company LLC

Here Dr. Worden presents his most recent thinking on bereavement drawn from extensive research, clinical work, and the best of the new literature.

Your Erroneous Zones: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Published: 1977, reprinted 1978-1990 - Sphere Books Ltd.

Written by a top psychiatrist - An inspiring book that encourages self-belief . Dr. Dyer takes into account everyday feelings such as depression and anxiety and teaches us how to overcome and eliminate negative ways of thinking.

The Puzzle of Evil: Peter Vardy

Published: 1992- Fount Paperbacks

The Puzzle of Evil looks at why the good God of Christian belief allows evil to exist. It sets out to explain the issues on the sides of believers and non believers, drawing upon the work of secular Christian writers. This book may help those with questions unanswered, allowing them to put perspective on certain matters the mind ponders to ask.

Escape from Anxiety and Stress: Solomon H. Snyder, M.D. Malcolm H. Lader, DSC., PH.D., M.D., F.R.C. PSYCH

Published: 1986- Burke Publishing Company Limited

This books looks into why some individuals develop effective methods for coping with the anxieties of everyday life and why others simply don’t. It focuses on stress and when it gets too much and also how anxiety and stress can be relieved without prescription drugs. This particular volume examines some of the key issues and questions on the biological and psychological problems which lead to drug abuse.

Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology - by Bruce W Scotton

Published: 26 April 1996, Basic Books

This book brings together the work of top scholars and clinicians at leading universities and medical centers on the benefits and risks of transpersonal therapy. After comparing a variety of multicultural approaches Zen Buddhism, existential phenomenology, and Christian mysticism, among many others the book offers a wealth of information on specific disorders and the application of transpersonal psychology techniques such as visualization, breath work, and past lives regression.