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What you need to know for your appointment

What you need to know for your appointment

We want to help people experiencing a mental health problem get the treatment and support they need as quickly and as effectively as possible.

Whether you make an appointment with your primary care provider to talk about mental health concerns or you're referred to a mental health provider, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, it makes sense to prepare for your appointment.

If possible, take a family member or friend along. Someone who has known you for a long time may be able to share important information with your health care provider, (but only with your permission).

Before your appointment

Make a list of key information which you might be asked about. For example:

  • Any symptoms you or people close to you have noticed, and for how long
  • Key personal information, including traumatic events in your past and any current, major stressors
  • Your medical information, including other physical or mental health conditions
  • Any medications, vitamins, herbal products or other supplements you take, and their doses

Questions to ask

  • What type of mental illness might I have?
  • Why can't I get over mental illness on my own?
  • How do you treat my type of mental illness?
  • Will talk therapy help?
  • Are there medications that might help?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • What can I do to help myself?
  • Do you have any leaflets or other printed material that I can have?
  • What websites do you recommend?

You may have many other questions - it helps to write them down.

Skype

Skype is available to patients as an alternative to face-to-face or telephone contact, not as a replacement.

If you are interested in Skype as an alternative for your appointments please let your care co-ordinator or support worker know and they will go through the process with you.

 

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