Working with mental health professionals, treatment and services works best if you are engaged in your care.

Become an expert on yourself and an equal partner in treatment conversations. To be engaged in your care, do your research, become informed, ask questions, develop an opinion, have your say, check stuff out, report back on how things are going and make shared decisions.

An advance statement gives you the chance while you are well to write down your requests and advocate for yourself for when you're unwell.

This consumer describes the importance of having an advance statement and a nominated person in preparation for times when you might become involuntary.

"The advance statement is one way of using your voice when you do become unwell and people might not be listening to you."

For some, communication can be difficult. This consumer shares strategies for taking notes, remembering questions to ask and keeping track of important tasks.

It's important that you have a voice in your recovery. When working with others, take charge, make decisions and advocate for yourself and your health.

"Be aware that you are the master of your life. You are the expert and you know what you need, and you need to advocate for yourself."

Part of staying well is looking after your physical health as well as your mental. Going to your GP or dentist for regular checkups helps to keep you on the right track.

After suffering health issues as a result of medication, this consumer found empowerment through research and learning to ask questions.

Mobile Stroke Unit with Ambulance Victoria paramedic and the RMH Stroke team
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