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
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
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
- We review our hard copy leaflets every two to three
- We update the web versions more regularly to reflect any
important changes in knowledge.
The 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
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 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
- 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
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
You can check the top of each
leaflet's webpage to see if a hard copy or printable PDF
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
If you have any suggestions for leaflets that you would like us
to develop, please email Thomas Kennedy.