New patient resources

The College’s Public Engagement Editorial Board (PEEB) has published three new mental health information resources on cocaine dependence, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) and benefits, financial support and debt advice.

Cocaine dependence

This resource looks at cocaine use and dependence, and explains what cocaine is, the potential problems associated with cocaine use, and treatments available for cocaine dependence.

Special thanks to Dr Donna Mullen and Dr Cedar Andress, who authored and edited this resource, and the Regional Service User Network who reviewed this resource.

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)

This resource looks at what ARFID is, who is most likely to develop it and why, how it’s different to other feeding and eating disorders, how it might be treated, and sources of further information and support.

Special thanks to Dr David Ochando and Dr Dasha Nicholls who wrote this resource, and expert reviewers Dr Agnes Ayton, Dr Peter Carpenter and Dr Conor Davidson. Thank you also to Autistic Doctors International, and the people with lived experience of ARFID who shared their thoughts on this resource.

Benefits, financial support and debt advice

This information resource looks at the benefits someone with a mental illness or their carer might be entitled to. It provides information on the different kinds of benefits, disability, and being in debt. It also includes advice and guidance for mental health professionals on how they can support their patients.

Special thanks to Dr Jed Boardman, the College Lead for Social Inclusion, who helped to write this resource. Thank you also to the people with lived experience who took the time to share their thoughts on this resource.

See other patient resources

Take a look at these resources, and explore our other mental health information for patients and carers on our website. Our information is split between problems and disorders, and support, care and treatment, and we also have information resources for young people and children.

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