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Joint College statement on meeting the mental health needs of children and young people in acute hospitals
Joint College statement on meeting the mental health needs of children and young people in acute hospitals

Today, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has issued a joint statement with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health about meeting the mental health needs of children and young people in acute hospitals.

More information Statement / comment
21dec by RCPsych Press Office
Mental illness twice as common among refugees and migrants in detention, compared to those not in detention
Mental illness twice as common among refugees and migrants in detention, compared to those not in detention

Rates for depression, anxiety and PTSD in refugees and migrants in detention are around twice as high as rates for those not in detention, according to a new systematic review published in the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ BJPsych Open.

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17nov by RCPsych Press Office
RCPsych responds to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021
RCPsych responds to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “Record numbers of people are waiting for treatment, yet mental health seems to be at the bottom of the list of government priorities in this spending review."

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27oct by RCPsych Press Office
1.8m episodes of mental illness as a result of the pandemic
1.8m episodes of mental illness as a result of the pandemic

We're calling for significant investment at this week's spending review to respond to the 1.8m new presentations, recurrences or exacerbations of mental ill health expected as a direct or indirect result of the pandemic until 2023.

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25oct by RCPsych Press Office
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Racial inequalities in the mental health system will remain without investment in more psychiatrists, warns RCPsych

The government will struggle to deliver the much-needed reforms to the Mental Health Act, which include tackling racial disparities, unless the Chancellor invests in the psychiatric workforce in next week’s Spending Review, warns the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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19oct by RCPsych Press Office
Workforce shortages in mental health cause 'painfully' long waits for treatment
Workforce shortages in mental health cause 'painfully' long waits for treatment

Record numbers of people need mental health treatment but there aren’t enough psychiatrists to meet demand, the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ 2021 census has revealed.

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06oct by RCPsych Press Office
Paul Rees, Kate Lovett and Marcia Cummings with highly commended memcom award final
College 'highly commended' for our member support during pandemic

The College’s efforts to support psychiatrists during the pandemic was recognised last night as RCPsych won ‘highly commended’ in the Memcom awards for Best Member Support during COVID by a large organisation.

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01oct by RCPsych Digital Team
Record number of children and young people referred to mental health services as pandemic takes its toll
Record number of children and young people referred to mental health services as pandemic takes its toll

Record numbers of children and young people are being referred to mental health services for crisis and non-crisis care, as the toll of the pandemic on the country’s mental health is revealed in new analysis by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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23sep by RCPsych Press Office
Pandemic impact on mental health backlog catastrophic, says Royal College of Psychiatrists
Pandemic impact on mental health backlog catastrophic, says Royal College of Psychiatrists

The unprecedented impact of the pandemic will wipe out years of hard-won progress in mental health unless there is sustained investment, warns the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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19sep by RCPsych Press Office
The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes vaccination of 12 to 15-year-old children
The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes vaccination of 12 to 15-year-old children

Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “The pandemic and the social isolation it imposed on pupils has contributed to a sharp rise in child and adolescent mental health difficulties. Disruption to education has an enormous impact on children’s mental health and long-term outcomes, particularly for those most vulnerable.

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14sep by RCPsych Press Office
  • Top psychiatrist and Chief Exec of RCPsych named in New Year Honours
    Top psychiatrist and Chief Exec of RCPsych named in New Year Honours

    Her Majesty the Queen announced the 2022 New Year Honours list and we are delighted that a leading Scottish psychiatrist and our own Chief Executive have been recognised for their important contributions.

    More information Online news
    31dec by RCPsych Press Office
  • Accessing mental health information and support over the Christmas period
    Accessing mental health information and support over the Christmas period

    Whilst the College is unable to provide direct support, we have a large number of mental health resources online which give advice.

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    22dec by RCPsych Digital Team
  • Joint College statement on meeting the mental health needs of children and young people in acute hospitals
    Joint College statement on meeting the mental health needs of children and young people in acute hospitals

    Today, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has issued a joint statement with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health about meeting the mental health needs of children and young people in acute hospitals.

    More information Statement / comment
    21dec by RCPsych Press Office
  • Hundreds of thousands more over-65s gambling online than before the pandemic
    Hundreds of thousands more over-65s gambling online than before the pandemic

    Hundreds of thousands more over 65-year-olds are gambling online than were at the start of the pandemic, some of whom could be at risk of developing a gambling disorder, warns the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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    21dec by RCPsych Press Office
  • LGBT flag
    College launches its first ever LGBTQ+ survey for all members

    RCPsych has launched its first ever LGBTQ+ survey – which will be open to all members between 15 December 2021 to the 31 January 2022.

    More information Online news
    13dec by RCPsych Digital Team
  • RCPsych responds to new ten year Drug Strategy
    RCPsych responds to new ten year Drug Strategy

    The government's ten year Drug Strategy aims to tackle drugs and prevent crime and is backed by increased funding for treatment services.

    More information Statement / comment
    07dec by RCPsych Press Office
  • 230,000 new PTSD referrals forecast as a result of the pandemic
    230,000 new PTSD referrals forecast as a result of the pandemic

    There could be 230,000 new referrals for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) across England as a direct or indirect result of the pandemic, according to modelling.

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    03dec by RCPsych Press Office
  • Eight in 10 Scots think demand for mental health services will rise after pandemic
    Eight in 10 Scots think demand for mental health services will rise after pandemic

    Almost eight in 10 people think demand for mental health services will increase after the pandemic is over, according to new research.

    More information Scotland news, Online news
    25nov by RCPsych Press Office
  • RCPsych statement on institutional racism within cricket
    RCPsych statement on institutional racism within cricket

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists has today condemned the impact of institutional racism at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and across cricket – and highlighted the impact of workplace racism on mental health.

    More information Statement / comment
    18nov by RCPsych Press Office
  • Mental illness twice as common among refugees and migrants in detention, compared to those not in detention
    Mental illness twice as common among refugees and migrants in detention, compared to those not in detention

    Rates for depression, anxiety and PTSD in refugees and migrants in detention are around twice as high as rates for those not in detention, according to a new systematic review published in the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ BJPsych Open.

    More information News, Press release
    17nov by RCPsych Press Office