Information for public
Leaflets    Reports    Online
 
Factsheets    Booklets    Audio
 
Surveys    Toolkets    Links
 
 
Leaflets:
 
Yellow Card Scheme
A scheme for health professionals to report any side effects or adverse events their patients experience with medicines. Using an online or postal form, health professionals can inform the MHRA about any side effects that may have been experienced with a particular medicine.
 
Source: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)
 
Medicines Management: Everybody’s Business
Leaflet with advice for medicine users, and carers on how to ask questions about medicines, report any side effects and ensure that their views are taken into account. In addition there is information on where to find more information on mental health and medicines.
 
Source: NIMHE National Workforce Programme
 
 
‘Understanding…’leaflets on mental health conditions
Series of leaflets ‘Understanding…’ a range of mental health conditions including information on treatments available for each condition. Some of these leaflets are available in foreign languages.

Source: Mind
 
 
Leaflets in foreign languages
Range of leaflets and materials in 20 different languages including: Afghan, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Filipino, French, Gujerati, Hindi, Japanese, Kurdish, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.
 
Source: Mind
 
 
Leaflets covering comprehensive list of topics
Leaflets on a range of therapies including:
• Types of treatment
• Antidepressants
• Depot Medication
• Exercise and mental health
• Psychology
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
In addition to leaflets there are links to books and other useful resources on these topics.
 
Source: The Royal College of Psychiatrists
 
 
Self Help
A leaflet on different self help approaches for people with depression including relaxation techniques, changes to diet and alternative therapies.
 
Source: Depression Alliance
 
 
St John's Wort
A leaflet on St John’s Wort as a treatment option for depression.
 
Source: Depression Alliance
 
 
Information on Manic Depression and BiPolar Disorder
Range of leaflets and guides to treatment for Manic Depression and BiPolar Disorder – either as downloadable leaflets or to order online.
 
Source: MDF The BiPolar Organisation
 
 
Medicines Use Review – Understand your medicines
A guide for patients that explains the medicines use review service available from pharmacists and helps them prepare to get the most out of their review.
 
Source: MHRA
 
Reports:
 
A Question of Choice
Report on the findings from a large survey of people's views on medicine and other interventions for mental illness.
 
Source: Rethink, Mind and the Manic Depression Fellowship
 
 
Coping with coming off - Report
Report focusing on research from MIND on people’s experiences of tried to come off psychiatric drugs including why people want to stop taking medication, the attitudes of their doctors to their decision, the difficulties they experienced, what factors helped those who were successful, and what benefits people who succeeded in coming off identified.
 
Source: Mind
 
 
That’s Just Typical – report on antipsychotics for schizophrenia
Report following A Question of focusing on people taking antipsychotics for a diagnosis of schizophrenia. It looks at people's experiences of using a range of drug treatments, how well-suited they found them and which drugs they found tolerable and intolerable.
 
Source: Rethink, Mind and the Manic Depression Fellowship
 
 
Doesn’t it make you sick?
A report on the side effects of medicine and physical health concerns of people with severe mental illness
 
Source: Rethink, Mind and the Manic Deression Fellowship
 
 
Online:
 
Patient Information Leaflets
Every medicine comes with a Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) which explains what the medicines is, how it works and any possible side effects. As well as available in the medicine pack/box, PILs can be accessed online.
 
Source: Electronic Medicines Compendium
 
 
Yellow Card Scheme
A scheme for health professionals to report any side effects or adverse events their patients experience with medicines. Using an online or postal form, health professionals can inform the MHRA about any side effects that may have been experienced with a particular medicine.
 
Source: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)
 
 
Leaflets covering comprehensive list of topics
Leaflets on a range of therapies including:
• Types of treatment
• Antidepressants
• Depot Medication
• Exercise and mental health
• Psychology
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
In addition to leaflets there are links to books and other useful resources on these topics.
 
Source: The Royal College of Psychiatrists
 
 
Information in foreign languages
Information on a range of mental health topics in languages including:

• Arabic,
• Bengali,
• Chinese,
• French, En Français
• Hindi,
• Greek, Ελληνική γλώσσα
• Gujurati,
• Persian,
• Polish, Polski
• Punjabi,
• Russian,
• Spanish, Español
• Urdu,
• Welsh, Cymraeg
 
Source: The Royal College of Psychiatrists
 
 
 
Factsheets:
 
 
Factsheets on medicines from Mind
Number of factsheets on different medicines and treatment options from Mind including alternatives to lithium, St John’s Wort, drugs for dementia and an alphabetical list of drugs for mental health conditions.
 
Source: Mind
 
 
Factsheets on medicines from Rethink
Factsheets on a range of treatment options for mental health conditions from Rethink. Including factsheets on ‘Rights to NHS Treatment’, ‘Complementary Therapies’ and ‘Clinical Trials’.
 
Source: Rethink
 
 
Medical Methods of Treatment
Factsheet on medical approaches to the treatment of mental health conditions discussing how different drugs work and side effects associated with different treatment options.
 
Source: SANE
 
Booklets
 
Advance Directives in Mental Health
A guide for mental health professionals working with service users on advance directives. Covers ideological, legal and medical aspects of ensuring that a person's views are known if he or she should become mentally incapable of giving consent to treatment, or making informed choices about treatment, at some future time.
 
Source: Author: Jacqueline Atkinson
  
 
Audio 
No resources available.
 
Surveys 
No resources available. 
 
Toolkits
 
Dual Diagnosis Toolkit
A toolkit to help health professionals and practitioners support people with substance misuse and mental health problems including treatment models.
 
Source: Rethink and Turning Point
 
 
Links
 
Clinical Knowledge Summaries on mental health topics
CKS replaces Prodigy as a source of clinical information on a range of topics, including mental health.
Crucially there is information on medicines management for a range of mental health problems including information on what advice to give people starting new medication for a mental health condition.
 
Source: National Library for Health
 
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