The information in Staying Mentally Well  is equally applicable to people with Mental Health Conditions.


There are also some additional things that can help you maintain Mental Well-Being if you have a Mental Health Condition.



Be Involved in your Treatment

Mental Health Professionals should discuss treatment options with you, and you have the right to be involved in the decision-making process at every stage in your treatment. Being involved in decisions about your treatment, puts you more in control and helps ensure that the treatment best suits your needs.

Even if you are receiving compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983, your doctor should discuss different treatment options with you and take your preferences into consideration when making a decision about your treatment. However, the doctor can override your preferences, if they think another treatment is the most appropriate for your Mental    Health Condition at that time.









Manage your Medication 

If you are taking medication, it is important that side-effects do not prevent you from functioning. If you are experiencing excessive side-effects, discuss it with your GP or psychiatrist as they may suggest lowering the dose, advice whether an alternative drug may have less side-effects,  or how best to cope with side effects of the current drug e.g. taking a medication that causes drowsiness in the evening.

If you are considering stopping medication, discuss it with your doctor and make sure you know the pros and cons and how best to do it carefully. Get as much information and support as possible. See Mind's Making sense of coming off psychiatric drugs for more information.






Tell People What Helps
Telling friends, family and any medical or social care professionals what works for you can help them understand how to support you if you become ill. For example, you may want to tell your doctor what therapies or medications have or haven't worked in the past. You may want friends and family to know if it helps to talk about your feelings or if you need time alone.
You may make a crisis plan, or advance decision, to tell people what you want to happen if you are in crisis. This can help reduce stress and address worries about what will happen if you become ill. See Mind's Planning for a Crisis or the Wellness Recovery Action Plan for more information.