NHS and governmental
National Statistics Government statistics website contains lots of statistics about mental health (in the health section under mental health) and other issues.
NHS Direct website provides information on all illnesses and includes details of, and links to, support organisations plus evaluated patient information. Just type in a disorder in the 'search' facility and it will provide information about symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment etc.
NHS National Electronic Library for Mental Health provides an on-line mental health library that you can search for topics you are interested in.
NHS UK offers information on changes and developments in the NHS as well as how to contact your local GP, dentist, optician or hospital.
Valuing People is the government's plan for making
the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families better.
Primary Care Trusts
Local Authority Websites
Our partner universities
Support organisations and web resources
Careline is a local health and social care information centre jointly funded by Wandsworth PCT and Wandsworth Council.
Care Quality Commission CQC) The independent regulator of health and social care in England. The CQC also protects the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act.
Combat Stress Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society
Crisis aims to fight homelessness
Depression Alliance is an organisation for people affected by depression. It provides information about depression and its treatment plus information about local support groups.
Eating Disorder Association website provides information about eating disorders and about self-help groups.
Florid website aims to provide a one-stop place for people to find no-nonsense mental health information which is easy to understand. The website is special in that it has been developed by people who use mental health services for use by people who use mental health services.
Hyphen-21 is a charity that's promotes initiatives on social care and mental health. This site provides a range of things including a ward round code and poems for the waiting room.
King's Fund is an independent charity that aims to improve the health and health care of Londoners. It carries out health policy research and analysis, promotes good practice in health and social care, supports leadership development and offers grants to London projects. Briefings on a range of mental health issues can be downloaded.
LGB Mind Matters This website looks at mental health issues affecting lesbians, gay men and bisexuals and provides information and links to other resources.
Manic Depression Fellowship is an organisation for people affected by bipolar disorder. It provides information about bipolar disorder and its treatment as well as information about self-help groups, self-management and insurance. Also provides access to e-groups and chat rooms so people can make contact with each other and information about STEADY self management and self-help for young people with bipolar disorder.
Matthew Trust is a small registered charity providing last-stop support & care for people aged 8 years old & upwards, living in all communities of our society throughout the UK, who have a mental health problem of any kind
Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
Mental Health Foundation provides information and fact sheets about specific mental health problems, types of help and treatment available etc. that you can print out.
Mind website provides news on mental health issues and loads of information booklets on different mental health problems, treatments and other issues important to people with mental health problems (e.g. employment, welfare benefits etc).
Multikulti website aims to support citizenship through the delivery of culturally appropriate and accurately translated information in the following areas of welfare law: debt, employment, health, housing, immigration and welfare benefits. Information is translated into the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Somali, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Urdu. The mental health section includes information on: schizophrenia, depression, post traumatic stress, Asperger's syndrome and how to improve your mental wellbeing.
National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.
National Phobic Society is an organisation for people affected by anxiety disorders. It provides information about anxiety based problems and their treatment as well as a chat room so that people affected by anxiety disorders can contact each other and information about self-help groups.
National Youth Network. Offers information for parents about various types of learning disabilities, diagnostic tests, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and options that can aid them through the IEP process.
Relate is the UK's largest provider of relationship counselling and sex therapy. We also offer a range of other relationship support services.
Rethink (formerly National Schizophrenia Fellowship) website provides news on mental health issues and loads of booklets on mental health problems, treatments, services, advice guides, rights and information for carers.
Right care Right deal A national campaign to build public awareness and support for the need for brave and innovative solutions for the social care system for older and disabled people, their families and carers.
Sane, from its initial focus on schizophrenia, the charity developed and is now concerned with all mental illnesses:To raise awareness and respect for people with mental illness and their families, improve education and training, and secure better servicesTo undertake research into the causes of serious mental illness through The Prince of Wales International Centre for SANE Research. To provide information and emotional support to those experiencing mental health problems, their families and carers through SANELINE.
The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers
Together Working for Wellbeing is a leading national charity working for wellbeing: that means we support people with mental health needs to get what they want from life and to feel happier
Turning Point is a leading social care organisation.
YoungMinds is the national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.
Richmond Fellowship is one of the biggest providers of mental health care in the country.
Speech and Language Disorders The Kaufman Children's Center for Speech and Language Disorders, Inc. provides early intervention to children with communication disorders including central auditory processing disorders, autism, Asperger's, receptive and expressive language disorders, apraxia, and articulation difficulties. General overview of these disorders, symptoms and even early signs for parents of infants as well.
American Psychiatric Association has numerous information leaflets for service users and their families in the 'public information' section of their site.
British Association and College of Occupational Therapists web site aims to provide information and guidance to occupational therapists and information about the profession to others.
British Association for Counselling and Therapy provides information to counsellors/psychotherapists and the general public, with a research network to share research on counselling, health issues and other areas.
British Psychological Society website from the representative body for psychologists in the UK. It aims to encourage scientific discipline in psychology, raise standards of training and practice and raise public awareness.
Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health promotes and supports the teaching and practice of evidence-based mental healthcare.
City University London Psychiatric Nursing Resource website allows psychiatric nurses to share experiences and communicate with each other via the email list.
Commission for Health Improvement A website where you can find all the Clinical Governance Review reports and investigations of Trusts as well as useful summary data of their findings.
Community Care A specialist site dedicated to all areas of the social care profession, provides a source of daily news, legal updates, 'directory' and the article search.
Keep Kids Healthy - Guide to School Performance A discussion of school performance problems in adolescents, including ADHD, learning disabilities, motivation, school strategies.
Mental Health Nursing Association website (previously the CPNA association) for the professional association for mental health nurses in the UK.
Mental Health Review Tribunal A national body that deals with appeals.
National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units website: an organisation whose key aims are to advance psychiatric intensive care and low secure services, improve mechanisms for the delivery of psychiatric intensive care, audit effectiveness and promote research, education and practice development.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) website provides guidance for healthcare professionals, and patients and their carers, that will help to inform their decisions about treatment and healthcare. The guidance recommendations are prepared by independent teams of 'experts' including healthcare professionals working in the NHS and lay people familiar with the issues affecting patients and carers.
NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination provides Effective Healthcare Bulletins that offer a review and synthesis of the effectiveness of different interventions. Some of these cover mental health issues, e.g. Psychosocial interventions for schizophrenia, Drug treatments for schizophrenia and deliberate self-harm. Other useful databases that can be searched from this website for research literature on topics that you are interested in DARE the Data Base of Abstracts and Reviews of Effects, NHSEED the NHS Economic Evaluation Data Base and HTA the Health Technology Assessment data Base.
Open Up Toolkit The mental health media's anti-discrimination toolkit.
Royal College of Psychiatrists website provides information leaflets on most major mental health problems as well as other college publications and 'on-line' access to journals: British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Bulletin and Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.
Social Care Institute of Excellence website. Linked with the Electronic Social care Library (see above).
The Electronic Library for Social Care was set up by the Social Care Institute of Excellence. It provides SCIE practice guidelines, information on social care resources and allows you to search the CareData data base to access social care research, academic and practice journal articles and publications.
UK Federation of Smaller Health Agencies The Federation is a membership-based Charity set up to support its locally based and independent Members who develop and provide mental health services in their community.
Update Software provides access to the Cochrane Library that gives summaries of evidence based reviews and the mental health library.
'Bob the Psychiatric Nurse' website provides information about mental health/mental health nursing, and is regularly updated with links to many UK sites in an A-Z index
Disability Rights Commission website. Includes information about the rights of disabled people (which includes people with mental health problems) under the Disability Discrimination Act including information leaflets that can be printed out and a help-line that can be contacted for information.
London Mental Health Development Centre has lots of interesting info about mental health in London: events, publications, policies, information, networks, research etc and produces a monthly bulletin.
NACRO, the crime reduction charity, making society safer by finding practical solutions to reducing crime.
National Institute for Mental Health website provides all sorts of information about what is going on in mental health nationally.
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health website provides information in key mental health topics e.g. acute inpatient care, early intervention, crisis services, dual diagnosis as well as practice examples, conferences etc.