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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group

Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group


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 that 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.

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Latest news




  • Hallucinations and Spiritual Experience: Voices, Visions and Revelation SPSIG meeting 25th November 2016

College Publication:

CPD Online module: 

Journal of Mental Health, Religion and Culture:

College 'Help is at Hand' leaflet:

From the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust:

Please note: single download of the Handbook is permitted for personal use only. For multiple copies, email requesting an order form: £5 per copy including UK postage, discounts available for 10+


New from the Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatry Association: