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Welcome to the Volunteering and International Psychiatry
Special Interest Group (VIPSIG). On this page you can sign up to
the VIPSIG community and register for the volunteer scheme at the
college and start promoting and supporting mental health
You can also find information on current and past global
volunteering projects and access a wealth of other VIPSIG
VIPSIG is open to all members and associates of the College.
We do also consider non-College membership from other disciplines
on a case by case basis.
There are two ways Members of the College can join VIPSIG:
If you are not already a Member of RCPsych and would like to
become one, register
Non-College members wishing to join VIPSIG should email
Dr Sophia Thomson.
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 register with the RCPsych volunteer scheme, you will need to
complete and return the volunteers registration form.
Date: Friday 2 March @ 2pm
Location: Royal College of Psychiatrists,
Thomson for details and agenda.
Date: December 15 @ 2pm
Location: Tamarind Centre, Birmingham
Read a summary of the sessions throughout the day:
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:
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.
If you don't have an account please
Click here to Register
Please join us at our committee meetings,
2:00-4:30pm. (1:30-2:00pm for executive meeting). All disciplines,
students, training grades and non-psychiatrists very welcome.
(Please email SIGadmin@rcpsych.ac.uk beforehand
to inform of your attendance as per building security policy).