As healthcare providers, we are in a privileged position to advocate for the integration of a spiritual approach to routinely delivered healthcare. As Christians in this sphere, we can also use opportunities to demonstrate Christ's love and share the Good News. Here I consider how the Great Commission may apply to mental healthcare.
Assessing a patient with mental illness
Gaining an initial insight into a patient's spiritual journey is pivotal to understanding how we can support them. It is important for all healthcare providers of any faith background, but I would argue that it is particularly crucial for us as Christians if we are to integrate the Great Commission into our clinical practice. One way of doing this is spiritual history-taking, with which some readers may be familiar.
In Good Medical Practice, the GMC states that we should: 'Adequately assess the patient's conditions, taking account of their history (including the symptoms and psychological, spiritual, social and cultural factors), their views and values.' It also states: 'It may, therefore, be appropriate to ask a patient about their personal beliefs. However, you must not put pressure on a patient to discuss or justify their beliefs or the absence of them.' 
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has some excellent resources on spiritual history-taking.  However, a single question such as 'do you have a faith that helps you when you are struggling?' can suffice and may provide opportunities for further conversations about faith.
We must also be mindful of not underestimating the value of bringing our patients to God in prayer and of the power that he has to open hearts and minds. Supporting a patient with mental illness.
As Christian healthcare professionals seeking to live out the Great Commission, are there any other resources which we can offer our patients with mental illness who are Christians or exploring the Christian faith, having first explored issues of faith through sensitive conversation and supporting them in prayer? This was the focus of much of our afternoon discussions at our day conference. As psychiatrists, we have worked with CMF to compile a list of some Christian resources which may be helpful to patients who are mentally unwell. Another source of resources is the Mind and Soul Foundation website  and of course, the CMF website. We hope that readers, as fellow Christian healthcare professionals, will feel able to signpost their patients to them.
Claire Wilson is a Psychiatric Clinical Research Training Fellow in London