Dr Simon Cowap MBBS (Hons) FRACGP is a GP with a long interest in mental health. He is currently practicing at the Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI), Camperdown, headspace (youth mental health initiative) in Campbelltown, and in private mental health focused practice in Glebe. He is a level II mental health accredited practitioner, and has both attended and helped design and deliver a number of mental health education initiatives for general practitioners. He has written on general and mental health issues for publications including the Australian Family Physician, Medical Observer, the Australian newspaper and a variety of internet sites. He is currently assisting in the development of the BMRI’s post graduate education programme for GPs intended to commence in 2010. He is interested in the collaborative care of mental health patients and the unique perspective GPs bring to the mental health team.