Primary mental health services

Guidance for commissioners of primary mental health services, Volume 2This guide describes what good quality, modern, primary mental health care services look like. It has been written by a group of primary mental health care experts, in consultation with patients and carers. The content is primarily evidence-based but ideas deemed to be best practice by expert consensus have also been included.


This guide also covers issues relating to commissioning primary mental health care services. It describes:

  • the benefits of primary mental health care services
  • the optimum skill mix in primary mental health care teams.

The guide draws on and refers to previously published guidance, including NICE guidelines for common mental health problems (CG123), depression (CG28, 90, 91), various anxiety disorders (CG 26, 31,113), eating disorders (CG9) and self-harm (CG16).