Mental Illness as a Spiritual Problem

Barbara F. Meyers

Mental illness is a spiritual problem as well as a psychiatric one. When people living with it experience existential doubts, they may ask questions like “Why is this happening to me?” or “. . . to my loved one?” These are spiritual as well as practical questions. Lack of an answer can undermine someone’s faith in the divine, or their belief in justice. Seeking answers to these questions involves a search for truth and meaning, such as we affirm in our fourth Unitarian Universalist Principle. Because people ask these questions at a time of deep turmoil, the spiritual lessons learned through seeking their answers can have a profound impact on a person’s life.

—an excerpt (p. 15) from Held: Showing Up for Each Other's Mental Health