Youth Mental Health

Image of a young person used for the Youth Mental Health section onthe RCGP website

The Youth Mental Health Clinical Priority was developed in the belief that early intervention is important in changing the trajectory of mental health problems.

Here you will find easily accessible resources about adolescent mental health that will enhance the care of young people in General Practice, as well as help you fulfil CPD and revalidation requirements.

Our aim

We aim to provide you with a resource incorporating a wealth of information about the health of young people, including:


Mental health problems affect 10-20% of the 4 million or so young people in the UK. Half of all adult mental illness starts during adolescence, with later onsets being mostly secondary conditions.

The prevalence of mental health problems in young people is disproportionately high, including suicide, compared to physical health problems.

Young people that come to see their GP are twice as likely to have a mental health problem.

We believe that general practice is an appropriate setting for early detection and management of mental health problems in young people.

You can find additional resources on the child and adolescent health and mental health resource pages.

MindEd elearning module

MindEd e-learning to support healthy minds:

The RCGP is a member of the MindEd Consortium. MindEd is an eportal of resources for anybody working with children and young people’s mental health issues.

As part of MindEd, the College has developed an elearning module on Child and Adolescent Mental Health specifically aimed at GPs. This is free to use for all healthcare professionals.

The MindEd Consortium consists of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychological Society, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, the National Children’s Bureau, Young Minds, and e-learning for Healthcare. MindEd is funded by the Department of Health.

HeadMeds: Providing straight talking on mental health medication

In March 2014, YoungMinds, the leading children and young people's mental health charity, launched HeadMeds, a website designed for young people by young people about mental health medication. It provides accessible, down to earth and trustworthy information about mental health medication at a time which is often confusing, frightening and isolating for them. HeadMeds contains information on the most common medications and conditions. It also includes a collection of real life stories by young people.

HeadMeds is a true example of an innovation way of engaging young people with mental health concerns in meaningful ways around healthcare delivery. It addresses issues, concerns and questions that some young people want to know about mental health medication but don't want to ask, and that is what makes it a great website for GPs and other colleagues to recommend to young people. It has been produced in partnership with the College of Mental Health Pharmacy and endorsed by the RCGP.

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