There are several controversial themes you should not discuss in polite society:

  1. Politics.
  2. Religion.
  3. How much someone earns.

On the other hand, these are the topics which touch people the most. In art as well, actually, especially in art.
I am interested in borders and beliefs, but I do not want to work with politics.

Why not talk about religion then?

When I visited the Work in Progress event at the Royal College of Art, I spotted one project which was particularly interesting for me. Actually, not the project itself, but the problem it tries to solve.What you cannot talk about (in a good society) 2What you cannot talk about (in a good society) 1

In civilized societies, we could witness decreasing amount of religious people and the rise of depression and anxiety disorders among the population. Let’s try to figure out whether there is an actual connection between them.

Depression and Anxiety

To support this statement I have reviewed the reports, that examine activity, waiting times and outcomes in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2016. IAPT is run by the NHS in England and offers NICE-approved therapies for treating people with depression or anxiety. (http://content.digital.nhs.uk/iaptreports)

Depression and Anxiety Treatment Statistics

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
New referrals 883,968 947,640 1,267,193 1,399,088
New referrals entered treatment 434,247 709,117 815,665 953,522
Ended treatment 534,721 919,994 1,123,002
Finished a course 268,998 364,343 468,881 537,131
Achieved recovery 54,430 217,591 180,300 227,052

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So depression and anxiety are definitely growing withing the UK.

Religion

It is clear that the number of people who move away from religion is increasing.

Relation

Scientists are not certain on the connection between the depression and religion: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed.

But anyways, spirituality seems to help people to gain mindfulness:

I think it is my turn to try and figure it out 🙂