Faith and wellbeing

Ayurvedic_Pharmacy,_Rishikesh_(1)Since 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 government policy at present, 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 decisions 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 examines 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. It covers a variety of topics, from the increasing popularity of Ayurvedic medicine in the West, to foodbanks, social integration and the provision of dementia and other mental health services.