- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
Mind & Soul Matters is a podcast from a group of Baha’i friends in Perth, Australia. Through conversations with everyday people, the podcast aims to broaden our understanding of mental health and spirituality, and to deepen our insights into the challenges and meaning of our lives.
We wanted to learn more about the podcast so we interviewed its creators Maya Rose, Farah Feeney and Nasim Kasiri and learned how Mind & Soul Matters was launched in 2021 as a means of contributing to the public discourse around mental health.
In this episode, Dr Deena Ashoorian, a pharmacist and senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia, explains the role of medication in treating mental illness. Her research has focused on finding better ways to care for mental health consumers, including looking at obstacles faced by patients in taking medication as prescribed and improving medication adherence. Dr Deena Ashoorian explains the concept of ‘shared decision making’ as a solution to improving medication adherence and we explore the role of trust, compassion, respect and hope.
Mind & Soul Matters is available online and on all major podcasting platforms.
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