Improving mental health care in general practice

IT IS difficult to imagine an area of medicine that is more challenging to GPs than mental health, or a more rewarding one when interventions bear fruit.

GPs are generally the first port of call for anyone seeking medical help with psychological problems, and the challenges hardly need enumerating: the stress of patients who are afflicted with anxiety and depression; the confronting reality of having to deal over long periods of time with those suffering personality disorders, our ‘heart