It may seem like a challenge at times, but it can help to be vocal about your experience. Often, speaking up can help you partner with a support team and find the treatment plan that works best for you. With an engaged and holistic approach to your health, it can be possible to live well. Consider these tips when speaking with members of your professional support team:12
Telling those around you that you’re living with a mental health condition can be helpful. It can also seem intimidating. To make the process easier, be prepared. Get more information on how to approach talking with friends, family, coworkers and romantic partners.
Being informed and playing an active role in your mental health care is important. If you’re visiting a mental health professional for the first time, consider asking these questions at your first appointment to decide if you would like to partner with this health care professional.
To speak more comprehensively with your health care professional about your specific treatment, think about using these questions.
Living well with mental health conditions is an ongoing process. Below are some resources and tips to assist you.
The DBSA Wellness Toolbox includes tools to help you communicate better with your health care professional, keep track of your symptoms and moods, and record the progress you're making.
ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for information regarding emotional health.
Finding Help provides access to information about a wide range of treatments and support that can be used to help improve your mental health.
Taking Care of Your Health provides information on looking after your overall health.
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that can help individuals across the community to understand mental health conditions, support timely intervention, and save lives.