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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


Mental Health in Primary Care

Working together for mental well-being Royal College of Psychiatrists Forum rcgp


Welcome to the forum for mental health in primary care

The Forum is a collaboration hosted jointly between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of General Practitioners and held its first official meeting in January 2009. The aims of the forum are to:


  • guide and promote good practice in mental health care across generalist and specialist health care services
  • influence and support the work of practitioners at every level of service and in particular those at the fronting of service delivery.
  • act as an expert resource to organisations with an interest in mental health
  • build and support collaborative ventures between organisations
  • influence national policy and strategy
  • collaborate with service user and carer organisations to improve the patient’s experience of mental health care
  • influence and support research, audit and quality improvement initiative

The Forum web pages (hosted on the RCGP site for administrative convenience) bring together resources created by the Forum and information about its work. They include a series of factsheets and clinical guides for use in primary care, for example on:


  • suicide mitigation
  • depression in older people
  • depression in people with coronary heart disease
  • medically unexplained symptoms
  • smoking and mental health
  • monitoring of patients prescribed lithium
  • debt and mental health
  • early intervention in psychosis
  • mental health of asylum seekers in primary care.


Last updated 1 February 2012

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