Discourses of compassion from the margins of health care: the perspectives and experiences of people with a mental health condition.

BOND, Carmel, HUI, Ada, TIMMONS, Stephen, WILDBORE, Ellie and SINCLAIR, Shane (2022). Discourses of compassion from the margins of health care: the perspectives and experiences of people with a mental health condition. Journal of mental health (Abingdon, England).

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Evidence supports the positive influence of compassion on care experiences and health outcomes. However, there is limited understanding regarding how compassion is identified by people with lived experience of mental health care.


To explore the views and experiences of compassion from people who have lived experience of mental health.


Participants with a self-reported mental health condition and lived experience of mental health (n = 10) were interviewed in a community setting. Characteristics of compassion were identified using an interpretative description approach.


Study participants identified compassion as comprised three key components; 'the compassionate virtues of the healthcare professional', which informs 'compassionate engagement', creating a 'compassionate relational space and the patient's felt-sense response'. When all these elements were in place, enhanced recovery and healing was felt to be possible. Without the experience of compassion, mental health could be adversely affected, exacerbating mental health conditions, and leading to detachment from engaging with health services.


The experience of compassion mobilises hope and promotes recovery. Health care policymakers and organisations must ensure services are structured to provide space and time for compassion to flourish. It is imperative that all staff are provided with training so that compassion can be acquired and developed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Compassion; discourse; mental health recovery; hope; Compassion; discourse; hope; mental health recovery; 1103 Clinical Sciences; 1701 Psychology; Psychiatry; 3202 Clinical sciences; 4203 Health services and systems; 5203 Clinical and health psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2022.2118692
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2023 10:27
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 15:46
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31799

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