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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 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 Powell.


Please click here to read our Chair's latest blog post.



Spirituality in Psychiatry for Today's World

A video produced and published by the Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group.

March 2016

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Annual prize for the best original study, research report, review, or essay, on spirituality and psychiatry by a single author.

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Over 200 papers on Spirituality and Mental Health

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College Position Paper:

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+


From the Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatry Association: