I have created a Mental Health Plan so that I am able to make a commitment to monitor and improve my mental health.
Creating a mental health plan has been on my 30 Before 30 since July 2014 and I am glad that I have finally taken the time to create it. If you suffer from mental illness having a plan is a really good document to have. It can be used to monitor your current condition, provide information to professionals (if you want to share it) and allow you to list goals and activities that enable you to help yourself.
I created a custom document that is appropriate to me and could be used by other people who might want something to help them (it can be downloaded at the bottom of the entry). I have broken it into sections that focus on different areas. Such as personal information, carer or emergency contact, health care providers, medical information, current medications, triggers, personal goals, my commitment (where you can list activities you will do that can help you) and a declaration to sign and date.
Personally, the document has enabled me to clearly list my mental health problems, focus on triggers and how to avoid or alleviate them, write short term and long term goals (I only wrote a few that focus mainly on study at the moment) and activities that I can do to help myself (such as taking medication, seeing my doctor, keeping a journal, eating healthy, exercise). The important thing is that I can also change it whenever I want or need to. Everyone is different and has unique ways that they should focus on helping themselves, but being able to write them down is a key step.
I have provided the document I created and you can download it. Please keep in mind that this is a guide that I created and it is not an ‘official document’. It should be used with your own judgement and is best kept private and confidential and shared only with professionals or people you trust. Your doctor or psychiatrist may even be able to assist you in creating a custom plan. I also decided to keep the document very basic in styling because the focus is on the information.
1. Do you have a health plan (for any illness)?
2. Do you have any suggestions for other sections that could be added to the Mental Health Plan?
3. How do you keep yourself well?