There is robust scientific evidence establishing a scientific link between spirituality and mental health.
For example, a scientific and medical review of 148 published studies in 2002 with over 98,000 subjects sought to determine a connection between spirituality and mental health.
Here’s the authors’/researchers’ overwhelming conclusion: the more spiritual a person is, the greater the positive effects on his or her mental health.
Also, another study was published in the Journal of Aging and Health in 2009, with 800 enrolled subjects and 8 years follow up.
The researchers found that being spiritual and having church attendance gave people a stronger sense of purpose and lesser tendencies to depression.
The American Journal of Psychiatry backed this up with a 10-year landmark study in 2012, claiming that spirituality has a protective effect – 76% less risk to develop genetic or familial depression.
Noted Harvard psychologist, Dr. Gordon Allport, based on numerous scientific evidences and studies such as these, asserted that spirituality or faith is indeed a psychological necessity for mankind.
From the mental health perspective, spirituality gives a struggling or traumatized individual with supportive life-giving guidelines. To find meaning and direction for his or her existence.
The faith of a person is a science-backed stress reliever.
It allows one to weather all storms while exploring the healing of his or her deepest internal wounds that affect perspective and functioning.
Truly, spirituality is the most natural thing there is.
It’s simply your own conscious awareness of your self to be more than physical or material … that you’ve a soul where your real essence lies.