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Published: 07/03/2016

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) has published a handbook, designed to raise awareness on the importance of spiritual care in the journey towards recovery and wellbeing in physical and in mental health.

The publication, ‘Handbook of Spiritual Care in Mental Illness’, was written by Dr Jo Barber, with support from Carol Wilson, Head of Spiritual Care at BSMHFT, to provide a practical guide for professionals, patients and service users on the important part that spirituality can play in supporting the delivery of healthcare. 

BSMHFT Spiritual Care services are delivered by a team who represent a wide range of faith and cultural traditions which reflects the beliefs of the population in Birmingham and Solihull. 

Carol Wilson, Head of Spiritual Care at BSMHFT, said: “Spirituality is the individual element of our lives that provides us with meaning, hope and purpose. It may involve a person’s religious, cultural or personal beliefs or relationships, but ultimately, it is what provides people with resources and strength in their lives and is unique to each person.”

“Spirituality helps us all to live well.  When we are ill, we may need different elements of spiritual care to assist with their overall wellbeing and recovery. We are committed to providing all aspects of support with compassion, care and understanding and hope that the publication of this handbook will help to promote the importance of spirituality in healthcare.”

The Handbook is available to download, or to order in printed format, from BSMHFT’s website. The publication is also available on the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ website.

Dr Andrew Powell, Founding Chair, Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “Exploring spiritual care in both theory and practice, this handbook provides an up-to-date manual that deserves wide-spread readership. Exceptionally well-written, compassionate, thoughtful and humane, the pages provide a deep understanding of what it means to suffer a mental health crisis.

“The handbook carries a message of hope and encouragement that a person can be helped to find the inner resources needed to meet the challenges of life with new strength, confidence and purpose.” 

Further information and to download a copy of the Handbook of Spiritual Care in Mental illness, please visit the Trust’s website at www.bsmhft.nhs.uk or The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ website at www.rcpsych.ac.uk 


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