The Spirituality and Psychiatry
Special Interest Group (SPSIG) was founded in 1999 to
provide a forum for psychiatrists to explore the influence of the
major religions, which shape the cultural values and aspirations of
psychiatrist and patient alike. The spiritual aspirations of
persons not identifying with any one particular faith are held to
be of no less importance, as well as the viewpoint of those who
hold that spirituality is independent of religion.
The SPSIG aims to contribute a framework of
ideas of general interest to the College, stimulating discussion
and promoting an integrative approach to mental health care.
For patients, there is the need to help the
service user feel supported in being able to bring spiritual
concerns to the fore.