Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health Care Plan

A mental health care plan is a plan for people with a mental illness. It identifies what type of health care you need, and spells out what you and your doctor have agreed you are aiming to achieve. It also refers you to local mental health services.

Your doctor will probably ask you many questions about your situation, discuss you healthcare needs, goals, treatment and referrals will be recorded in your mental health care plan.

Preparing your mental health care plan

Your doctor will work with you to decide:

  • What your mental health needs are,
  • What help you require – your medical, physical, psychological and social needs are all considered.
  • What result you would like. and
  • What treatment would be best for you

Once you and your doctor have agreed on your goals and what support you need to achieve them, your doctor will write out a mental health care plan. Your doctor will then discuss this with the other members of your healthcare team. Preparing the plan might take one visit or it might take a number of visits

You don’t know what you don’t know. Your doctor will do some tests and ask you about health conditions that run in your family. If there is something that needs attention, with your liver, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, heart or lungs, your doctor will alert you.

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