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

Mental Health Information for all

Search our health indexes to find well researched information and advice for the public.

Frequently Asked Questions - How to get help: includes information on:

Book Reviews: Send in a book review: In this section we encourage our readers to review books they have read which have a mental health theme.

Choosing Wisely: identifying care, treatment, tests or procedures in psychiatry, whose necessity should be questioned and discussed.


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Welcome to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Health Advice section where you will find readable, user-friendly and evidence-based information on various mental health problems, treatments and other topics, regularly updated by psychiatric experts.  

You can search via the following:

Physical Illness and Mental Health
  • Treatments and Wellbeing - Information on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, complementary and alternative medicines, exercise and mental health.
  • Parents and Youth Info - provides information for young people, parents, teachers and carers about mental health.
CBT leaflet
  • Find out how the Mental Health Services work - including information on mental capacity and the law, being sectioned and what to expect with psychiatrists.
Bipolar Disorder
  • Translations - Select the language of your choice to see what translations are available; including translations in British Sign Language (BSL).
Medically unexplained symptoms
  • Podcasts - Listen to people talking about their experiences of living with depression, bipolar disorder and many other psychiatric and mental health problems.


Below you will find our complete alphabetical index - listing all leaflets produced by the College:

 Feeling on the edge
  • Complete A - Z index of all leaflets (fully cross referenced)

What's New...

  • New translations in Japanese and Persian (Farsi)
  • Recovery and Resilience: Our President's new campaign
  • The MENTAL Project - developing and producing a package of materials, including a series of three drama-based films which will give a real insight into the lives of children who are carers of parents with a mental illness.
  • The Blog Zone - a new blog series starting with Fellowship in Leadership and Management by Mike Akroyd.

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In the spotlight...

Health information animations on the RCPsych YouTube channel, produced by the RCPsych Public Engagement Committee in conjunction with Damn Fine Media.

Exploring the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, and what to do if you think you might be Bipolar.

What it feels like to be anxious, suffer from panic attacks and/or phobias, and what help you can get if you have these feelings.

What it feels like to be depressed.

Coming off antidepressants and what you need to know, including side-effects.

Minds On Film

A monthly blog that explores psychiatric conditions and mental health issues as portrayed in a selection of readily available films.

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