Here you’ll find a wide range of over 100 factsheets on topics from medication to the Mental Health Act. They have been created by experts at Rethink mental Illness’ Advice and Information Service, and all of them have achieved the Information Standard for their clarity and simplicity.
Cannabis is a drug which comes from a plant. Cannabis can affect some people's mental health. This factsheet is about cannabis, how it may affect your mental health and where to get help and support. Download
The Care Programme Approach (CPA) is the system that is used to organise many people’s care from 'secondary mental health services'. This factsheet explains what you should receive under CPA and when it might be stopped. It also provides options for what you can do if you are not happy with your care.Download
You may get support if you are caring for someone with a mental illness. You can ask the local authority (LA) to assess your needs by asking for a carer’s assessment. The LA can give you support and services if you have eligible needs. This factsheets explains how you can get an assessment and what support you may get.Download
Rethink Mental Illness and the Meriden Family Programme have created Caring for Yourself to help people with mental health problems and carers, family and friends.
If you support someone with any mental health condition, this guide is for you. You may have a relative struggling with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, a friend with psychosis, schizophrenia or a personality disorder. Whatever the diagnosis, Caring for Yourself can help you to develop skills and new ways to cope.
This self-help guide consists of eight books which offer tips and exercises on how to look after your own wellbeing as well as supporting the person you care for, covering topics such as finding the information you need and coping with relapse.
This download is a zip file with 8 booklets inside. Download
Sometimes local authorities or NHS trusts may close or cut mental health services. Sometimes cuts or closures are needed to ‘modernise’ mental health care, or because of financial reasons. It is possible to challenge cuts or closures in your area, if you feel you or someone you care for will be affected by them. This factsheet looks at what you could do.Download
If you need residential care, your local authority may ask you to pay towards the cost. This factsheet looks at the rules the local authority have on charging for residential accommodation. This factsheet is an overview because the rules are complicated.Download
If you need social care services, the local authority may ask you to pay towards the cost. This factsheet looks at when social services may charge you for non residential care services.Download
This factsheet explains what clinical negligence is. It clarifies the difference between a clinical negligence claim and making a complaint. It also has information about how to get legal funding for claims.Download
Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) support people living in the community who have complex or serious mental health problems. Different mental health professionals work in a CMHT. This factsheet explains what a CMHT can do and how you might get referred to them.Download
This factsheet provides information on community treatment orders (CTO). This factsheet explains how a CTO is made and what your rights are. It also gives information about how you can challenge a CTO if you do not agree with it. Our factsheets are free to download and distribute.Download
This factsheet looks at how you can complain about court. It covers any time limits you have when making a complaint, help you might be able to get with making a complaint and what you can do if you are still not happy with the outcome of your complaint.
This factsheet only looks at complaining about the crown and magistrates courts of the criminal court system in England and Wales.Download
This factsheet looks at how you can complain about prison, any time limits you have when making a complaint and what you can do if you are still not happy.Download
This factsheet looks at how you can complain about probation, any time limits you have when making a complaint and what you can do if you are still not happy with the outcome of your complaint.Download
This factsheet looks at how you can complain about the police, any time limits you have when making a complaint and what you can do if you are still not happy with the outcome of your complaint.Download
This factsheet is about making a complaint about the NHS or social services. It explains how you can make a complaint and what support you can get.
This factsheet may help you if you want to make a complaint about:
- your GP
- your mental health team
- your psychiatrist
- your care coordinator
- your local authority's social services department
- local mental health services, such as a crisis team
- hospital treatment.
If you would like to complain about other services, like private healthcare or your local authority's housing department, then other rules will apply. You will need to ask these services for details of their complaints policy.Download
Some people with mental health problems find using complementary and alternative treatments beneficial. This factsheet explains what complementary therapies are and you can access them.Download
If you care for someone with a mental illness, the rules on confidentiality can often be frustrating. You might find that health professionals or staff do not give you information about the person you care for. This factsheet looks at these problems and how you can try to prevent them happening in the future. Our factsheets are free to download and distribute.Download
Throughout your life, different organisations record information about you. Within the NHS, doctors and other health professionals need to keep information about your illnesses and treatment so that if another health professional sees you they know what care you have had so far. The NHS keeps this information secure and carefully controls who can access it. This factsheet covers the rules on confidentiality and when it can be breached. It also covers confidentiality issues in other areas, such as employment. Download
You will have a conviction if you have admitted to or been found guilty of a crime. This factsheet looks at what is a criminal conviction, a criminal record and when and how to tell someone about this.Download
Some people who come into contact with the criminal justice system have to go to court. This factsheet looks at the different courts in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. It explains how they work, who is involved, how mental health can be considered and the possible outcomes.Download
You may need to have a criminal record check if you are applying for certain jobs. These checks used to be done by the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB). The Criminal Record Bureau is now the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
This factsheet explains what these checks involve and what information can be included on a DBS certificate. It also explains how you can find out what information is held about you and what to do if you are unhappy with the information on your certificate. This information still applies if you have an old certificate issued by the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB).Download
Crisis teams can give urgent help to people who have a mental health problem. This factsheet explains what a crisis team can do and how to get help from them. Our factsheets are free to download and distribute.Download