Spirituality can play an important role in someone's recovery from both mental and physical health problems.

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​This section looks at how you can make a place for your spiritual needs and how spirituality can help with your wellbeing and recovery from both mental and physical health problems.

What is spirituality?
Spirituality is different for everyone but it 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 and a sense of wholeness
Spirituality is often more important in times of distress or emotional stress. Spirituality emphasises the healing of the person and not just the condition. It views life as a journey, where good and bad experiences can help you to learn, develop and mature. 

People can meet 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.

Is spirituality the same as religion?
You don’t need to follow a religion, have a religious belief or take part in religious practices to experience spirituality.

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 to other people.

How can spirituality help me?
Spirituality is a very personal thing and it can play an important role in someone's recovery from mental and physical health problems.

We provide a chaplaincy service across our Trust, which can support you to understand and meet your own spiritual needs. The service is here to support you and most importantly, to listen, whether you are a religious person or not.

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