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Spirituality and Mental Health Care

by John Swinton Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 192 pages
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Despite a wealth of evidence demonstrating a strong positive correlation between a person's spirituality and their mental health, there is evidence to suggest that those who seek to provide health care are not taking it seriously enough. This work presents a model of mental health care that will enable carers to incorporate spirituality effectively into their caring strategies. Using a critical evidence-based and interdisciplinary approach to contemporary mental health practice, the author explores the therapeutic significance of spirituality for clients in a number of different context with problems such as psychotic disorder, depression, Alzheimer's disease and AIDS, from the perspective of both carers and service-users. The author also provides a critical review of existing literature in the field to assess the place of spirituality in contemporary theory and practice.

Introduction - Setting the context. Part 1 Foundations: Defining the concepts; spirituality, religion and mental health. Part 2 The evidence: Spirituality and mental health - an empirical perspective; spirituality and mental health - a service user's perspective. Part 3 Rediscovering the ''Soul'' - Effective spiritual care: Developing a model of spiritual care; spirituality and community care.

Spirituality in nursing has been sidelined for generations - being reduced largely to ascertaining the patient's religion then informing the nearest chaplain. This book makes a very strong case for the relevance of a deeper knowledge and skills base in the field of spirituality for nurses and other health care practitioners as an integral aspect of holistic care. It offers much theoretical and practical advice (e.g. giving examples of specific mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia and suggestions for tools for spiritual assessment). It ought to be used as a core text for those who encounter people with mental health problems and who wish (ought) to embrace spirituality in everyday care.
John Swinton is the current Editor of Contact. He is Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen and a minister in the Church of Scotland.