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

Books Beyond Words series

Since July 2012 the Books Beyond Words series has been published solely by Beyond Words (who were our co-publisher of the books from 1996 to 2012).  Beyond Words is a social enterprise, and we wish them luck as they develop new titles and new markets. Please continue to support them.

The books can now be ordered via the Beyond Words website or directly from their distributor:

Turpin Distribution

Tel: 01767 604800.  Email:

Beyond Words
Books Beyond Words CIC, City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA. Tel: 020 7492 2559. Email:

(We regret that titles from the Books Beyond Words series can no longer be obtained from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and apologise for any inconvenience.) 

We still have online versions of three titles for you to use free-of-charge:

There is also information in other languages:


Many people can understand pictures better than words
Books Beyond Words (BBW) is a series of picture books that has been developed to make communicating easier for these people, and to enable discussion about difficult topics. Supporting text and guidelines are also provided for carers, supporters and professionals. The series is particularly useful for people with learning (intellectual) difficulties.

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