The Whole Person Approach
Click here to download our care planning information sheet on Social, Cultural and Spiritual.
my cultural factors and taking care of my spiritual needs means that I am
better able to cope." Suzanne Duval
For many people the main outcome in this area of life will
be to enjoy a full social life, good personal relationships with family and
friends, and full engagement with community and leisure facilities.
1. What do you want to achieve?
A major problem faced
by many people with a mental illness is loneliness. Hafal recently conducted a
survey which found that 50% of service users had been lonely in the past month.
If you have been very
ill then establishing networks with fellow patients is a good place to start
before moving on and making contacts in the wider community. You may choose to
focus on maintaining or improving relationships with your family, colleagues,
friends or partner. You can engage or re-engage with a religion of your choice
or tradition or follow your hobbies or
or in a group. Another outcome may be to access general leisure facilities.
You should be clear
about your cultural and spiritual needs and ensure that in all aspects of your
Plan these needs are addressed. Guidance says that your preferred language
should be a consideration when you think about your cultural needs.
2. What actions need to be taken or services need to be provided
to achieve your goals?
Next think about the actions that need to be taken to
achieve your goals, and what services need to be provided to support you
● Patient group/social
club for people with a mental illness
counselling/relationship support service
● Family therapy service
● General leisure facilities.
● Organising to spend
time with your family
● Contacting and meeting up with
● Establishing and maintaining a
network of friends and contacts
● Ensuring your language needs are
met (e.g. by engaging with Welsh-language activities/services)
● Pursuing a hobby on your own by
joining a class or interest group
● Joining a religious group
● Engaging with local leisure
facilities such as the leisure centre, libraries, museums, etc.
● Attending events, concerts,
● Identifying a friend to
accompany you as you access local leisure facilities
● Joining Facebook, Twitter and
other social networking sites
● Joining a dating service
● Identifying and pursuing
3. Who can support you to achieve your goals?
Supporters in this area may include your family, friends
and other service users.
Other supporters may include:
● Work colleagues
● Local college
● Voluntary services
● Religious group
● A family member and/or
● Care Coordinator
More resources and links on Social, Cultural and Spiritual
the Wales Council for Voluntary Action's online volunteering service. The site
offers information on volunteering anywhere in Wales across a wide range of
opportunities from counselling to environmental work.
a comprehensive listing of activities and venues throughout Wales.
You can also check your local press or public
library for details of groups and activities in your area.
In terms of organised religion you can
contact a church or other religious group of your tradition (or another
tradition) in your area - try the local library if you are not sure where they
The Welsh NHS gives some details of its
position in relation to spirituality on this link http://www.wales.nhs.uk/spiritualcare.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists runs an
interest group on spirituality - follow this link http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/college/specialinterestgroups/spirituality.aspx.