Our relationships with friends, family and significant others can be the determining factor that gets us through the hard times— especially when it comes to illness. There are endless stories and evidence (one in four people with a life-limiting condition said it negatively impacted their relationships) that prove relationships affect health recovery. After all, we all know love can heal (literally and figuratively) those that are suffering. So why wouldn’t health care include relationship support? That is exactly what Relate’s The Best Medicine campaign is demanding from the U.K.’s central and local governments—to put relationships at the heart of the NHS (National Health Service). Though the NHS offers professional support, relationship support (family therapy or other treatments) is skim. But by sharing evidence and gaining support, The Best Medicine campaign hopes to bring the power of relationships front and center.
Why Relationships Should Be at the Heart of Health Care
September 30, 2016