Faith and personal wellbeing

Well-being_in_the_UKSince the last general election, wellbeing has attracted increased attention among policymakers and social commentators, largely due to the creation of the National Wellbeing Programme shortly after the coalition government was formed in 2010. One of the aims of the current government, according to David Cameron, is to ‘start measuring our progress as a country, not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving’; the intention is to base policy not just on the creation of wealth but also on issues such as social relationships, stress and anxiety, mental health, and happiness.

With wellbeing attracting greater policy interest, this series will examine the myriad ways in which religion and wellbeing intersect – whether that is in faith groups’ efforts to address isolation and loneliness, or in the provision of faith sensitive health and care services. Launched in May, the series will cover subjects such as food poverty, social isolation, mental health and religious traditions of care-giving, and will include contributions from Maya Warrier (University of Wales, Lampeter), Chris Shannahan (University of Manchester), Trevor Adams (Livability), Sarah Hobbs (Maslaha) and Ewan Gurr (the Trussell Trust).

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