Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Explains what electroconvulsive therapy is, what it is for and what happens during the treatment.

Your stories

A first for everything: psychosis, mania, depression and being sectioned

Jamie blogs about her experiences and the importance of her family’s support.

Posted on 03/10/2014

Dealing with postnatal depression

Karen blogs about her experiences of postnatal depression.

Posted on 06/10/2014

Useful contacts

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

For guidelines on treatment.



0300 456 2370
Advocacy charity and membership organisation providing advocacy services in the UK.

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927
For everyone affected by severe mental illness.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Information on conditions and treatments, and access to the ECTAS list of accredited ECT services.

This information was published in June 2016. We will revise it in 2019.​

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