Psychiatric Advance Directives: Taking Care of Yourself

An advance directive is a written document that expresses your wishes in advance about what types of treatments, services and other assistance you want during a personal mental health crisis. A directive provides a clear statement of your medical treatment preferences and other wishes or instructions. You can also use it to grant legal decision-making authority to another person to be your advocate and agent until the crisis is over.

What are the benefits of having an advance directive?

A psychiatric advance directive can:

  • Promote your autonomy and empowerment;
  • Enhance communications between you, your doctor, treatment team and family;
  • Protect you from ineffective, unwanted or possibly harmful treatment or actions;
  • Help prevent crisis situations and reduce the use of involuntary treatment or safety interventions, such as restraint or seclusion.

Visit MHA’s website for more information – Psychiatric Advance Directives: Taking Care of Yourself

Destination: Recovery

If you live with mental illness, you may be struggling to find treatment, manage your medication and cope with life’s challenges effectively. There is ample cause for hope. You are not alone, help is available, mental health conditions are treatable, and you can take practical steps to recover your life. Here you’ll find interactive tools and resources to help you better understand your treatment options, work closely with your health care provider, learn about the supports available to you, and start on your recovery journey.

Road to RecoveryUse the Dialogue for Recovery tools to open up communication with your provider. Educate yourself about treatment options, paying for care, and getting the most from your treatment. Get practical advice on handling many challenges you might be facing, like finding the right medication, securing housing, pursuing education and work, and managing money. On this site, you will find information about how to start and maintain your recovery and live your richest, fullest life. Friends and loved ones will also find information here about how best to support you in your journey to recovery and wellness.