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

About our Mental Health Information


Who are we?

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


Why do 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.

Don't they just give a doctor's view of things?

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


How is our mental health information written?

They are 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 Service Users' and Carers' Forums. We are also grateful to the psychiatrists, College staff and others who have helped to check and translate 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 the best available guidelines for high quality health information.

Are they 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 paper leaflet every 2 to 3 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.


We, 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.’  

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 resources.
  • 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.

What's the point of paper leaflets?

It can be easier to have a paper version to refer to whenever you want. They are half-A5 size which means they will fit in a pocket or a handbag. Check at the top of the web page to see if the leaflet is available in print.


You don't have what I'm looking for

At the end of each resource 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
January 2017
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