Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care
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By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 September 2022
Dear Mr Clark, Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1414982
Thank you for your request dated 10 August to the Department of Health and Social Care
(DHSC) (for clarity, one of two requests of that date), a copy of which can be found in the
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
DHSC holds some information relevant to your request.
A copy of Building bridges: a guide to arrangements for inter-agency working for the care
and protection of mentally ill people
is attached. There is no generally agreed definition of
severe mental illness; however, this document includes a section on defining severe
mental illness on pages 10-13. Conditions deemed as severe mental illnesses by the
authors of this document are included in figure 1 on page 12.
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Freedom of Information Team firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Kaleb <email@example.com>
Sent: 10 August 2022 04:04
To: FreedomofInformation <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Building bridges: a guide to arrangements for
inter-agency working for the care and protection of mentally ill people
Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
Do you have a copy of: Building bridges: a guide to arrangements for inter-agency
working for the care and protection of mentally ill people
Do you have a definition of 'severe mental illness'?
Can you clarify if personality disorder is deemed 'severe mental illness'?
Can you clarify if psychopathic disorder is deemed 'severe mental illness'?
Can you clarify if psychopathy is deemed 'severe mental illness'?