What you cannot talk about (in a good society)2.3 — Collaborative Unit
There are several controversial themes you should not discuss in polite society:
- 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.
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
|New referrals entered treatment||434,247||709,117||815,665||953,522|
|Finished a course||268,998||364,343||468,881||537,131|
So depression and anxiety are definitely growing withing the UK.
ReligionIt is clear that the number of people who move away from religion is increasing.
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:
- Religion, spirituality and mental health: results from a national study of English households
- Can belief in God help with depression?
- Religion and Mental Health: Current Findings by Dr. Simon Dein
I think it is my turn to try and figure it out 🙂