Religion and spirituality can play an important role in many people’s lives. This factsheet looks at spirituality and religion generally and also more specifically at spirituality and religion in relation to mental health.
- Broadly speaking, spirituality is the meaning that people seek in their lives.
- Religion and spirituality are not necessarily the same.
- Health professionals are paying more attention to the role that spirituality can play in mental health. Researchers are also looking into spirituality and mental health.
- Some people find that spirituality can be helpful during mental illness. You may find that it provides hope and support during these times.
- Some religious beliefs about mental illness can be negative. People with mental illness may be vulnerable and may be influenced by certain beliefs and people.
- Mental health services do not always include spirituality as much they could. It may be something that is important to you, but is not covered very well in your care plan. If this is the case, then you could speak to one of your healthcare professionals about this.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in June 2013. Next review June 2015.
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