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. Accessible, high-quality primary care is vital to keeping patients healthy for longer, and a holistic approach is required promoting mental health equally and in partnership with physical health.
To this end, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has produced a toolkit to support GPs in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems.
The 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. Contents include care pathways and clinical guidance, information fact sheets, risk assessments and useful resources.
The toolkit can be accessed on the RCGP website.