Mental Health

Since 1996 Spiritual Health Association has received funding from the Victorian Mental Health Department to enable the provision of education, consultation and advocacy services in spiritual care/spiritual health to the mental health workforce and broader sector.

On 30 June 2024 these arrangements ceased. Submissions and efforts to have this decision reversed have not been successful. Consequently, SHA no longer has a Mental Health program that has overseen various projects and initiatives including:

  • Partnering with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) to co-facilitate forums and the monthly Spirituality & Diversity Discussion reflective practice sessions for mental health sector workers since 2017
  • Partnering with lived and living experience representatives in the Spiritual Health Lived Experience Advisory Committee (SHLEAC) in response to Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health Services since 2021
  • Facilitating a community of practice of Mental Health Spiritual Care Practitioners to promote excellence in best practice mental health spiritual care
  • Providing expert consultation to the mental health sector around the intersection of spirituality, mental health and wellbeing
  • Contributing to research and the advance of holistic person-centred care in alignment to the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model of Care.

Reflections and thoughts from Jenny Greenham (SHA’s immediate past Mental Health Leader) and her predecessor, Ros Cairns (SHA’s previous Mental Health Manager) are shared here.

To learn more about the history and long legacy of work in this space, please refer to: