Mental Health Plan

Do you have one? we do.

In some ways they have alot in common with an Asthma Management/ Action Plan.

The Management Plan is what you use for yourself to maintain your health and to share with your Health Professionals and during ER visits to appraise people quickly and easily of your mental health history, The Action Plan is your reference for what to do when your mental health deteriorates.

Your Management and Action Plan are constructed using the Information gained from use of a Mood Diary and identifying your Support Network.

Management Plans and Action Plans Can become dated quite easily and so they should be routinely updated as part of managing your Mental Health.

Your Management Plan

Should Include:

  • Your Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Treating Psychiatrist and contact details
  • Treating Psychologist and contact details
  • Pharmacist name and contact details
  • Psychiatric Diagnosis
  • Medical Diagnosis

Current Medications

Include:

  • Brand Name,
  • Drug Name,
  • Dosage,
  • Frequency

for Each drug, including PRN (as needed, list them as PRN) and Over the Counter Medications and Vitamins. It is also a good idea to keep your repeats on file with your pharmacist to not have to worry about losing repeats and they will remind you to get a new prescription when your last repeat is used.

Example

Epilim, Sodium Valproate: 1000mg Mane (Morning), 1500mg Nocte (Night).

Current Living Situation

Single/Attached/Divorced, are you a parent? living with children or not, Employed/Unemployed/Studying/Disability Recipient any surviving parents or grandparents. Own house, renting, shared accommodation or shelter

Mental Health History

Basic Summary of Mental Health History (you may want the help of your psychologist or psychiatrist with this bit. it doesn’t need to be too in depth any period of hospitalisations for what symptoms, periods of misdiagnosis etc)

Risks

what behaviour’s place you most at risk? eg. self injury, past suicide attempts, how was the attempt made? Over Dose, Self Injury,Vehicular Accident. Be realistic but not too harsh on yourself. only needs to be brief.

Strengths

What strengths do you have on your side to succeed. eg. Intelligent, goal orientated, motivated to return to work, dreams, aspirations. Be realistic but not too harsh on yourself. only needs to be brief.

Support Structure

List here what resources you can call upon which you Identified in your Support Network. eg. My wife- she is in poor health but very supportive, Grandma – 3 hours away but I can escape there for quiet with short notice, My mum- interstate but travel is possible with planning and regular phone calls, A few very good Friends in local area, Psychologist through local health clinic, General Practitioner, CATT team and Emergency Room, Psychiatrist who can provide admission to the Melbourne Clinic. Include the support each offer’s and the limitations of that support.

Triggers

List which factors you have noticed from your Mood Diary impact your Mental Health in a negative way, such as seasonal changes, diet, event’s etc.

Warning Signs of Relapse

Example:

Mania

  • Poor Sleep and sleep deprivation
  • Hyperactive
  • Increased impulsiveness’
  • Restlessness

Depression

  • Sleeping more
  • Neglect normal chores and not keen to do housework
  • No playing computer games or watching TV
  • Isolating self or spending less time with family

It can literally be this brief

Action Plan

Steps to take when Mental Health Deteriorates

Example:

Step 1:

  • Talking to partner to seek support from her.
  • Bringing forward the appointment with GP and Psychiatrist.
  • Ringing parents for support and advice.
  • Seeking respite environment at Grandma’s house.

Step 2:

  • Restoring normal sleeping pattern
  • Activity Scheduling: swimming, walking if depressed

Step 3:

  • Seeking help from local CATT.
  • Attending local emergency department if becoming suicidal

Step 4:

  • Contact The Melbourne Clinic for Urgent admission if not actively suicidal. otherwise attending local ED.

Simply making a Management and Action Plan can assist Carer’s and Supporter’s to know what their role is and how they can help. It can help you to feel empowered by identifying what the hazards are and how to manage your Mental Illness. A Mental Health Plan can also assist Health Professionals by providing clear concise history and issues in an easy to read format in order that confusion can be minimised.

As far as length of your mental health plan, think of it as a “resume” of your mental health, past jobs qualifications, strengths and skills. It should also be about the same in length no more than 2-3 pages which you can keep folded up in your wallet or print out to provide to disability and support services where necessary, A very handy document to support applications for services.

Bring your Mental Health Plan and Mood Diary along with you to your appointments and when discussing your mental health care with professionals carer’s and supporters, you may find it becomes a tool which assists you to help your Mental Health Team to give you the most appropriate support in order that you can maintain good Mental and Physical Health.

4 responses to “Mental Health Plan

  1. Mike

    In the action plan list for the ER you should really include current medications. I know that this is an evolving list, but it is one of the questions a crisis center will have. Also, the name and phone number of your pharmacy is important. I was once holed up in a waiting area ( a small room with a bed) for 36 hours before they could place me in a mental health facility. They needed to fill my prescriptions, and needed proof of what I was on. Luckily, I had the phone number of my pharmacy memorized, and they were able to verify my prescriptions that way. The only problem was the samples from my doc that I was on, they had to call my doc to verify that one. The whole ER experience can be frustrating, even if you are prepared. But being prepared is half the battle.

    • Oh thanks I had meant to put that in too it is on my written list must have just missed it in the haze of writing. a good suggestion is to keep your prescriptions all at the one pharmacy it makes things SO MUCH EASIER, than trying not to loose repeats.

  2. I keep all the stickers of my meds from a past prescription bottle re stuck to a peace of paper and folded up in a small baggy along w/ my 5 day med holder in a zip up case in my pierce in case I’m asked what these meds are for. this paper can easily be placed in a wallet as well along with the above info you suggested. This would be helpful at the ER as well. they can see it is prescribed to you. what the meds are, what dosage and time to take them. The pharmacist name and number along with the Dr’s name and number. Having a mental heath plane is a great suggestion

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