Mental Health

The mental health clinical priority focuses on promoting parity of esteem with physical health, inter-professional working, the role of general practice in managing patients in the community, depression and long term conditions, as well as training and education. Please find below a range of resources to support general practitioners.

RCGP Mental Health toolkit

The College has produced a toolkit featuring regarding the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems. This toolkit offers a primary care orientated directory of resources that GPs and other healthcare professionals may access to assist in their diagnoses, as well as helping them to communicate better with patients. It also provides resources for those concerned about their own mental health issues.


This resource provides a simple framework for identifying and treating cardiovascular and Type Two diabetes risks in patients with psychosis who are receiving antipsychotic medication. It supports collaborative practice between professional disciplines and across service settings.

For more information on the Lester adaption and its central role in supporting the effective delivery of the Physical Health CQUIN for 2014, please visit the National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS) resources page on the Royal College of Psychiatrists' website.

This toolkit provides a practical resource for GPs to build skills and confidence in addressing the important area of mental health in young people. The toolkit was developed in 2012 by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust with support from the RCGP.

This website hosts a range of resources for supporting the physical health of people with mental health problems and learning difficulties and the mental health of people with physical health problems. The RCGP developed this resource in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

WaMH in PC is a special interest working group of RCGP Wales established in 2003. The group brings together a diverse group of workers from primary care, health boards, social care and the third sector with patients and carers.

Reading Well Books on Prescription was launched in 2013 with a list for common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. The RCGP has worked with Reading Well Books on Prescription since it began and has been involved in reviewing book lists and books and providing advice.


This factsheet series was originally developed by the former Primary Care Mental Health Forum which was jointly chaired by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Each factsheet provides a quick and easy practical reference for primary care professionals.

Factsheets - prescribing advice

RCGP elearning


The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat is a national agreement between services and agencies involved in the care and support of people in crisis. It sets out how organisations will work together better to make sure that people get the help they need when they are having a mental health crisis. The RCGP is a signatory.

The Management of Patients with Physical and Psychological Problems in Primary Care

This joint report between the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Psychiatrists was first published in 2009. It was reviewed in 2011/2012 and its currency was extended until 2015.


NICE Pathways 

There are a number of NICE guidelines focussed on mental health. They are accessible via the NICE Pathways, which are easy and intuitive to navigate and bring together related NICE guidance.

Clinical Guide: Assessment of suicide risk in people with depression Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford


National audit of schizophrenia

The National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS) is focused on clinicians who treat people with schizophrenia in the community, including GPs to assess the quality of their prescribing of antipsychotic drugs and of their monitoring of patients' physical health. It also supports them to monitor patients' experience of treatment and its outcome plus carers' satisfaction with information and support.

National audit of psychological therapies

The National Audit of Psychological Therapies (NAPT) for Anxiety and Depression aims to promote access, appropriateness, acceptability and positive outcomes of treatment for those suffering from depression and anxiety.

Patient information

  • Changing Minds Hosted by Northamptonshire Teaching NHS Trust, Changing Minds is a patient focussed website with a range of information and resources.
  • Choose your Medication Here you can find information leaflets on medications.
  • Be Mindful Be Mindful is a service for 11-17 year olds, providing support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists The RCP offers a range of information leaflets for patients and carers


On Tuesday 17 May 2016, the College invited healthcare professionals and interested parties to participate in a Twitter conversation using the tag #MentalHealthGP. Read the Storify link of the evening's debate here.

Useful links

Huntingdon's Disease Association
Moving upstream: Improving mental health 
Time to change
World Federation for Mental Health

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