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, so we aim to produce information which is:

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

Does the 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're also grateful to the psychiatrists, College staff and others who have helped to check and translate the leaflets for accuracy.

Does the content meet health information standards?

Our information is checked to make sure it meets DISCERN criteria, which we feel are the best available guidelines for high quality health information.

Is the information up to date?

Each resource reflects the best evidence base at the time of writing. They don't contain the views of any particular individual.

We aim to review the contents every three years. This means the leaflet versions of our resources are updated roughly every three years. We aim to update the web versions more regularly to reflect any important changes in knowledge.

The Information Standard

The College is certified as a producer of reliable health and social care information by the Information Standard.

Certified member

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.

Feedback

Your feedback is useful 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 leaflet versions

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 at the top of each resource's webpage to see if a hard copy or printable PDF is available.

Why if I need more information about a topic?

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 subjects that you would like us to cover in this section, please email Thomas Kennedy.