Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Explains what electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is, when it might be used and what happens during the treatment.

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Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Electroconvulsive Therapy Accredication Service (ECTAS)

Sets standards for ECT services.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Publishes guidelines on treatment.


0300 456 2370
Provides advocacy services.

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927
For everyone affected by severe mental illness.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Provides information on conditions and treatments.

This information was published in July 2019. We will revise it in 2022.​

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