Mental well-being and the power of prayer

Jolel Miah on how faith, culture and religion can help to enhance mental health

Jolel Miah on how faith, culture and religion can help to enhance mental health

What we believe about the world plays an important role in the way we think and behave. People come from a range of backgrounds and have different faiths and religions, and whether we believe in the afterlife or not certainly has an effect on our everyday behaviour.

For example, some people choose to consume food that has been prepared in a certain way – halal or kosher – and others may not follow the same choices. Faith groups may encourage abstinence from mind-altering substances to maintain health and well-being. Most faiths, if not all, encourage positive behaviours, such as kindness, compassion and empathy.


Praying in a congregation, whether in a temple, mosque or church, can help to reduce social isolation and enhance well-being:


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