Mental Health: Finding the right tool for the job
Dr Belinda Magnus, Clinical Fellow for Mental Health
Approximately a quarter of all people will experience a mental health problem in the course of a year, and 23 out of 30 who experience mental health problems will visit their GP. However, given the vast nature of mental health and the immense range of resources available on this topic, it can be difficult for GPs and other healthcare professionals to know the best resources to signpost patients towards or to use for their own learning or indeed if they have concerns about their own mental health.
This is the purpose of the Mental Health toolkit, one of several toolkits developed in partnership with CIRC. It aims to provide a primary care orientated directory of resources for the use of any general practice in the UK. We have aimed to include as many key areas as possible, including crisis care, older adults, children and young people, resources for patients and carers, prevention and wellbeing resources, supporting healthcare professionals’ mental health, and many more.
You can access the toolkit here.
It will be updated at regular intervals in the future and we hope it will become the first resource GPs and other healthcare professionals look at when they want to explore a topic related to mental health. Please do look at it and let us know what you think – all feedback is welcome and encouraged.