About our leaflets
Who are we?
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the main professional body
for psychiatrists in the UK. It has a world-wide membership.
Why do we produce leaflets?
Public education is one of the central tasks of the
College. We believe that everyone needs knowledge to make informed
decisions about their health. We therefore aim to produce
information which is:
Don't they just give a doctor's view of
Psychiatrists are doctors, but we do try to take a broader view of
mental health disorders and their treatments. Much of the
information we produce suggests ways of keeping yourself mentally
well and of helping yourself.
How are the leaflets written?
They are written by psychiatrists who are members of the College's
Public Education Editorial Board. They collaborate with an expert
(or experts) in the field and with members of the College's
Service User Recovery and Carers' Forums
are also grateful to the psychiatrists, College staff and others
who have helped to check and translate the leaflets for
Do they meet internet health information
They are checked to make sure they meet:
criteria : in our opinion, these are the best
available guidelines for high quality health
Are they up to date?
- Each leaflet/factsheet reflects the best evidence base at the
time of writing. They do not contain the views of any particular
- We review our paper leaflet every 2 to 3 years.
- We update the web versions more regularly to reflect any
important changes in knowledge.
The Information Standard
We, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, are responsible for the
accuracy of the information on this website. Not all of the content
on this website has been certified by the Information Standard as
only the information which bears the Mark reaches the requirements
of the standard. Neither the scheme operator, nor the Department of
Health, who own the scheme, will have any responsibility for costs,
losses or damages arising from the information being inaccurate or
from us failing to include relevant information.’
What's the point of the feedback section?
We use the feedback to help us update and re-edit the
leaflets. We also appreciate the many
helpful comments we receive.
Who pays for all this?
- The editors are not paid. They are allowed to do this sort of
work for a period each week by their employers - universities or
- We do not accept pharmaceutical sponsorship for the printing of
- We accept some funding from charitable trusts and
- The College allocates a budget each year to cover some of the
printing, designing and marketing costs.
- Income is generated by the bulk sale of the paper versions
which goes back into the production of new materials.
What's the point of paper leaflets?
It can be easier to have a paper version to refer to whenever you
want. They are half-A5 size which means they will fit in a pocket
or a handbag. Check at the top of the web page to see if the
leaflet is available in print.
How do I get a paper version?
Individual copies of our leaflets are free, but please send
an A5 stamped (50p postage) addressed envelope to: Leaflets
Department, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street,
London E1 8BB. Tel: + 44 0(203) 701 2552; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You don't have what I'm looking for
At the end of each leaflet we provide references so you can check
out our information or find more detailed information. If you have
any suggestions for leaflets that you would like us to develop,
please e-mail us at email@example.com