This week an experienced mental health professional confessed to a group of chaplains that when they first qualified that did not see the benefit or role of religious or spiritual care or identity. This would have been normal for the time, a lack of understanding and possibly believing that religion was contributing to or a sign of people’s poor mental health. They said this had changed in the past few years to seeing religious and spiritual identity as a key aspect of good mental heath, to be engaged with, not ignored.
The hearers of this reflection appreciated what they said. Of course we liked the affirmation of our roles. However, it was more the honesty and humility that was shown in confessing that their past attitude had been wrong that challenged us to do the same when our attitudes or perspectives need adjusting.