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

About our mental health information


Who we are

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the main professional body for psychiatrists in the UK. We have a world-wide membership.


Why we produce mental health information

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:

  • Evidence-based
  • Accessible
  • Up-to-date.


Does your information just give a doctor's view?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors, but the College tries to take a broader view of mental health problems and their treatments. Much of the information we produce suggests ways of keeping yourself mentally well and of helping yourself.


How our mental health information is written

Our information is written by psychiatrists who are members of the College's Public Engagement Editorial Board (PEEB). They collaborate with an expert (or experts) in the field and with members of the College's Patients and Carers' Committee. We are also grateful to the psychiatrists, College staff and others who have helped to check and translate the leaflets for accuracy.


Do your leaflets meet health information standards?

Our leaflets are checked to make sure they meet: DISCERN criteria, which we feel are the best available guidelines for high quality health information.


Are your leaflets up-to-date?

  • Each resource reflects the best evidence base at the time of writing. They do not contain the views of any particular individual
  • We review our hard copy leaflets every two to three years
  • We update the web versions more regularly to reflect any important changes in knowledge.


The Information Standard


Information Standard


The Royal College of Psychiatrists was certified in 2009 as a producer of reliable health and social care information.




'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.'


Why we ask for your feedback

We use your feedback to help us update and edit the leaflets. We appreciate the many helpful comments we receive.


Our funding

  • Our 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 resources
  • We accept some funding from charitable trusts and foundations
  • We 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.


Why we still produce paper leaflets

Sometimes it can be easier to have a paper version to refer to whenever you want. They are small enough to fit in a pocket or a handbag.

You can check the top of each leaflet's webpage to see if a hard copy or printable PDF is available.


Why don't you have what I'm looking for?

At the end of each resource we provide references so you can check the information or find more detailed information.

If you have any suggestions for leaflets that you would like us to develop, please email Thomas Kennedy.


January 2017

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