Spirituality, religion and mental illness
Spirituality and religion can play an important role in your life. This section looks at what spirituality and religion is and how it may be helpful if you have a mental health issue. You may find this factsheet useful if you care for someone who has a mental health issue or you are a health professional.
- Spirituality and religion are not the same.
- Health professionals should be aware of the role that spirituality and religion can play in mental health.
- Spirituality and religion may be helpful to manage your condition. You may find it gives you hope and support.
- Your health professionals could include spirituality and religion in your support. Ask your care coordinator to include it in your care plan if you would like to.
- You can write an advanced statement to let health professions know about your religious or spiritual needs. Professionals should look at your advanced statement if you lack mental capacity to make your own decisions about your care and treatment in the future.
This section covers:
1. What is spirituality?
2. What is religion?
3. Are spirituality and religion the same?
4. Can spirituality and religion be helpful during mental illness?
5. Can spirituality and religion be harmful during mental illness?
6. How can I talk about my spiritual or religious needs?
7. Are my health professionals aware of spirituality and religion?
8. How can I let health professionals know about my spirituality or religion if I lack mental capacity?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in July 2018. Next review July 2021.
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