Common mental health problems: identification and pathways to care : guidance (CG123)

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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE
Publication date:
25 May 2011


This guideline covers care for people aged 18 and over with common mental health problems, with a focus on primary care. It aims to improve access to services for adults and how mental health problems are identified and assessed, and makes recommendations on local care pathways.

Management of specific mental health problems is covered by NICE guidelines on depression, generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Commissioners and providers
  • Adults with mental health problems and their families and carers

Is this guideline up to date?

We checked this guideline in August 2018. We found no new evidence that affects the recommendations of this guideline.

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