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

πληροφορίες ψυχικής υγείας στην ελληνική γλώσσα


About us:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. We promote mental health by:

  • Setting standards and promoting excellence in mental health care
  • Improving understanding through research and education
  • Leading, representing, training and supporting psychiatrists
  • Working with patients, carers and their organisations

Public education is one of the central tasks of the College. We believe that everyone needs knowledge to make informed decisions about their health.

Don't your leaflets just give a doctor's view of things?
We are doctors, but we do try to take a broader view.
How are the leaflets written?
They are written by psychiatrists who are members of the College's Public Education Editorial Group. They collaborate with an expert (or experts) in the field and with the College Service User Recovery and Carers Forums. We are also grateful to the psychiatrists, college staff and others who have helped to translate and check the leaflets for accuracy.
Do they meet internet health information standards?
They are checked to make sure they meet:
  • DISCERN criteria (
    In our opinion, these are among the best available guidelines for high quality health information.

Are they up to date?
We review them every 2 to 3 years. We update the web versions more regularly to reflect any important changes in knowledge.

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 health trusts.
  • We do not accept pharmaceutical sponsorship for the printing of our leaflets
  • We accept some funding from charitable trusts and foundations.
  • 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
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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
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