Spirituality and Mental Health

This section looks at how spirituality, mental health and mental healthcare can connect. Also how to make a place for spiritual needs within a mental health service and how spirituality can help mental health wellbeing and recovery.

You don’t need to hold a formal religious belief, take part in religious practices, or belong to an established faith tradition, to experience spirituality.

Spirituality can involve:

• A deep seated sense of meaning and purpose in life
• A sense of belonging
• A sense of connection of ‘the deeply personal with the universal’
• Acceptance, integration and a sense of wholeness.

These are all part of being human, spirituality is often more important in times of distress or emotional stress. People can fulfil their spiritual needs in a wide range of ways, for example, some people might turn to painting, to music, to drama or to other pursuits that help their understanding of themselves and their sense of connection with the wider world.

Spirituality emphasises the healing of the person and not just the disease

It views life as a journey, where good and bad experiences can help you to learn, develop and mature.

Spirituality differs from religion

Religious traditions include spirituality, but each religion has its own distinct worship, beliefs, sacred texts and traditions.

Spirituality is not necessarily tied to any religious belief or tradition. Every person has their own unique experience of spirituality – it can be a personal experience for anyone, with or without religious belief. It’s there for anyone, and it also highlights how connected we are to the world and other people.


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