Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group
The Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest
Group (SPSIG) was founded to provide
a forum for psychiatrists to explore the spiritual challenges
presented by psychiatric illness, and how best to respond to
patients’ spiritual concerns. More than half of service users hold
spiritual or religious beliefs they see as important in helping
them cope with mental illness, but often feel unable to discuss
such concerns with their psychiatrists.
Spirituality can be as broad as the essentially human, personal
and interpersonal dimension, which integrates and transcends the
cultural, religious, psychological, social and emotional aspects of
the person, or more specifically concerned with ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’.
While spiritual values and beliefs are found at the heart of all
religious teachings, spirituality is a universal human quality that
every person can experience independently of religion. It therefore
brings together all those involved in mental health care,
regardless of creed or culture.
Please see our
latest book review of 'The Ways of the Soul: A
Psychiatrist Reflects: Essays on Life, Death and Beyond' by Andrew
here to read our Chair's latest blog
Spirituality in Psychiatry for Today's
A video produced and published by the Spirituality and
Psychiatry Special Interest Group.
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