speaking with your doctor about your mental health:

A MENTAL HEALTH TOOLKIT

Our team designed a toolkit for people who are looking for help for their mental health concerns.  The toolkit includes two workbooks:

Our team designed a toolkit for people who are looking for help for their mental health concerns.

The toolkit includes two workbooks:

 
  1. SPEAKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

This workbook is aimed at family doctors, nurse practitioners, and other health and community workers such as social workers, nurses and case managers in primary care settings and community-based organizations that support people with mental health concerns. This workbook can be used during appointments between healthcare providers and people with mental health concerns to enhance communication and the therapeutic relationship (but not replace the need for appointments). The content can help to guide the conversation between clients and healthcare providers regarding possible treatments, services, resources, and next steps if a mental health concern emerges.

Download workbook here!

Tips for use:

  • include copies of the workbook in clinic exam rooms and individual staff offices so it can be used during client appointments.

  • the content can help to orient clients to their options and rights to access mental health supports.

  • page 6 (resources) can be used to summarize and write down key next steps arising from the appointment - next steps for both the doctor and for the client.

2. thinking about talking with your doctor about your mental health?

This workbook is aimed at people who are thinking about their mental health, who have concerns, and are thinking about or are ready to speak with their family doctor. These people may not have had any kind of diagnosis, treatment, or support for their mental health, or they may want to revisit a concern because of a new onset of symptoms or challenges.

Download workbook here!

Tips for use:

  • include copies of the workbook in clinic waiting rooms, exam rooms, individual staff offices, drop-ins and group sessions so that clients can pick up a copy.

  • provide a copy to clients meeting with family doctors and other healthcare providers if they raise concerns about their mental health.

Funding for this toolkit was provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research.