The aim of the Volunteering and International
SIG is primarily altruistic. VIPSIG will promote and support mental
health accessibility to all regardless of location and means.
VIPSIG hopes to support training and education
in the international arena and will aim to:
- Promote volunteer work
overseas and expand the population of people interested in this
- Be a voice that will inform
the College and serve as an agent in this work.
- Have a fundraising role in
order to develop more volunteer possibilities.
- Produce a newsletter in
order to celebrate volunteerism in the UK and globally.
- Establish e-groups in order
to promote this field by regular discussion.
- Promote appropriate training
materials for volunteers overseas.
- Explore web-based psychiatry
training to assist training sites in mental health.
- Establish links with
non-governmental organisations and Diaspora communities.
- Promote overseas electives
for medical students and encouragement of psychiatry as a
- Promote the overseas
experience in psychiatry as a desirable attribute for the NHS.
As well as having an international focus,
VIPSIG will also be a forum for volunteer work in the UK. This is
an area that needs some development and will fit into the
Government’s objectives. VIPSIG will function by e-groups, virtual
and face-to-face meetings. We will aim to have our meetings
throughout the UK.
VOLUNTEER SCHEME AT THE
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is
committed to supporting mental health care across the world,
particularly in countries that are known to suffer from an acute
shortage of psychiatrists. The College’s volunteer scheme
aims to facilitate contact between hospitals, clinics, projects and
communities in need of psychiatric expertise and training, and
psychiatrists who are willing to offer their time and support. To
read more about the scheme click
Volunteering and International
Psychiatry Essay Prize