Assessing the Value of Chapel Services at a Mental Health Hospital

An Exploratory Study


  • Noel Tiano Te Korowai Whāriki
  • Kath Maclean Te Korowai Whāriki



mental health, chapel services, spiritual practices, satisfaction


This pilot study aims to explore perspectives of service users regarding the chapel services at a regional provider for forensic, mental health rehabilitation and intellectual disability services in New Zealand. Adult clients and staff were invited to fill out a brief questionnaire which focused on five key participants’ satisfaction with chapel services. Interviews were conducted to investigate what spiritual practices they found helpful. The results showed a high rate of overall satisfaction amongst the 33 respondents. Ninety four percent felt welcomed, 85% felt hopeful, 97% felt safe, 82% connected with God or higher power and 88% connected with others. Helpful spiritual practices included rituals, social support, meaningful activities and insights gained into their growth. Further studies on faith, gender and culture amongst the various mental health services including clients in locked units were recommended. As well, spiritual care services could be more integrated with other healthcare disciplines.

Author Biographies

  • Noel Tiano, Te Korowai Whāriki

    Noel Tiano, ThD, MSCW is a chaplain employed by the Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy within Te Korowai Whāriki, which is a provider of forensic mental health services, inpatient rehabilitation and youth services in New Zealand.

  • Kath Maclean, Te Korowai Whāriki

    Kath Maclean, MHSc is a chaplain employed by the Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy within Te Korowai Whāriki, New Zealand.


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How to Cite

Tiano, N., & Maclean, K. (2015). Assessing the Value of Chapel Services at a Mental Health Hospital: An Exploratory Study. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 3(2), 191-200.