Facing difficult situations such as hospitalisation, illness, death, and dying can trigger a wide range of reactions, emotions, and questions for patients, families, and carers. Questions like, “Why is this happening to me?” “Does my life have meaning?” and “Am I truly loved?” often arise during these times.

Good health care addresses all your needs, including physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects. This is the essence of person-centred care. You have the right to request spiritual care as part of your health care.

What is Spiritual Care?

Spiritual care can help you feel more connected with yourself, other people or to something beyond. It may involve your religious beliefs and practices or the values that are important to you. It is about supporting what gives meaning and purpose to your life.

Spiritual Care and Mental Health

Every experience of distress or illness is unique. Only the one who experiences it knows what it really feels like, and they are the only one who intuitively know the source of their own inner strength. So, in mental health care, it is vital that each person is given the opportunity to talk about that source of strength and for mental health workers to acknowledge it as deeply important in planning ways to support them.

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