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

Information for journalists

 
The College press office has a media database of more than 200 psychiatrists from across the UK. Our experts are happy to speak to journalists about a wide range of mental health problems and treatments. However, they are not able to comment on individuals or public figures.
 
The College regularly issues press releases on:

Press release distribution list
Many of our releases are embargoed until the day of publication or presentation. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email eleicester@rcpsych.ac.uk with your contact details and the name of the media outlet you work for.

Mental health information
The College also produces award-winning and user-friendly information for the general public on the most common mental disorders and their treatments. The College has been certified as a reliable producer of quality information by The Information Standard.
 
Mental health reporting
Journalists looking for information on the most appropriate ways of reporting mental health issues - including suicide - may like to refer to the guidelines published by the anti-stigma body Shift and by the Samaritans.
 
Contact the press office
For all enquiries about mental health and the work of the College, please contact:
 

Kathy Oxtoby, Media & Communications Manager

020 7235 2351 ext.6298

Deborah Hart, Director of Communications and Policy

020 7235 2351 ext.6127

Out-of-hours service

07738 349 070 (Kathy)
07776 237 145 (Deborah)
 

Did you know? Series of information briefings

The first two of a set of public mental health briefings cover wellbeing and levels of mental disorder and treatment in England. Wellbeing has a range of important impacts, is associated with resilience to a broad range of adversity and is an important part of recovery from mental disorder. Local health and wellbeing strategies are also focusing on wellbeing. Across a local population, particular groups are at greater risk of poor wellbeing and one of the largest groups are those with mental disorder. Other groups at risk of poor wellbeing are also at risk of mental disorder. Appropriate interventions to promote wellbeing in universally proportionate way result in a broad range of improved outcomes, reduce risk of mental disorder and associated inequalities, and are outlined in a public mental health commissioning guide from the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health.

However, treatment of mental disorder is also an important way of reducing the cause of poor wellbeing in a large proportion of the population yet only a minority with mental disorder receive any intervention. In contrast, almost all those with cancer receive treatment and highlights a clear example of lack of parity.

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