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Mental health information for all

One in four of us will at some time in our lives suffer from a mental health problem. This can be a difficult experience for family and friends, and it is important for them to have access to up-to-date and unbiased information.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists' illustrated leaflets cover a wide range of topics and provide clear information to aid communication and understanding between healthcare professionals, patients and their carers. Comments from users have included:
“Clear, concise, and credible. Thank you!”
“It was wonderful and well-informative reading. Please continue to raise understanding of
mental health.”
“Very good explanation and excellent links to more information. I feel more positive already. Thank you.”

All the College's mental health information can be read and downloaded for free from the website. Our Help is at Hand leaflets are also available in paper form, covering the following topics:
Alcohol and depression.
Anorexia and bulimia.
Bipolar disorder.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Complementary and alternative therapies.
Coping with trauma.
Exercise and mental health.
Men and depression.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Personality disorder.
Physical illness and mental health.
Postnatal depression.
Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Problem gambling.
Sleeping well.
Shyness and social phobia.
Spirituality and mental health.
And many more …

The Mental Health and Growing Up series includes 36 factsheets covering a wider range of issues about emotional and psychiatric disorders which can affect children and young people. They are useful for adults who look after children, especially parents and teachers, and they will also be helpful for young people who may be concerned about themselves or a friend.

The College has recently launched a comprehensive and accessible guide to child and adolescent mental health for parents, teachers and young adults, The Young Mind.
Many of our leaflets have been translated into other languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and French. To access this information online, please visit: for a full list.

A resource catalogue listing all the mental health information we provide is also available, free of charge. Please email: