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What can I do now that my hospital mental health program is complete?

Once you have completed your recommended mental health therapy program, you are probably thinking - what now? Clinical Psychologist Ian Smith outlines what you can do to maintain the wellbeing you have now achieved and what you can do if you still have concerns.

14 Jun 2018

What to do after my hospital mental health program is complete

What can I do to help me stay emotionally well?

After your program is complete, your treating professional may give you a further regime to follow at home. This may include taking a self-directed community wellness plan; medication; attending an outpatient group program; and /or follow-up individual sessions with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or community nurse.

It is vital that you follow these instructions carefully and seek further advice or treatment if you feel that your symptoms are returning.

Other things that can help include:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Drinking plenty of water and limiting your alcohol consumption
  • Getting lots of rest
  • Exercising regularly
  • Keeping in touch with family and friends
  • Taking time out to do something you enjoy on a regular basis.

Have you been recommended to try meditation?

You may also find meditation helpful. Your meditation can be as simple as concentrating on your breathing, or you may prefer a guided meditation to help you focus. There are many websites and apps available to help you with this.

What can I do if I still do not feel right?

If you are still feeling the symptoms that you experienced before or during your program, make an appointment to visit your doctor as soon as you can.

There could be a number of reasons for this including, a recent change in your condition, a reaction to medication or you may be using your medication incorrectly.

Your doctor will be able to assess you and provide advice on how to keep your recovery moving forward.

You can find details of our psychiatrists with our Find a doctor feature.

Don’t stop or change your medication without speaking to your treating doctor

It is vital that you do not stop taking your medication for any reason. Except on the advice of your treating doctor.