Services for a mental health condition can vary from person to person. There’s no “one size fits all” that works for everyone. For some the most effective approach involves a combination of counseling and medication. But for others, support groups, peer support, or practicing stress management strategies works best. Supportive services, such as case or care management, can also play an important role in mental health and recovery.
There are many tools that can improve your mental health and you can choose the treatment or combination of treatments that works best for you. Social support, acceptance and encouragement from friends, family and others can make a difference, and education about how to manage a mental health condition can also provide the skills and support needed to work toward recovery. You have a choice in how you receive services. Get creative and pursue ones that feel good to you!
- Counseling – can help explore thoughts and feelings in order to help you get to feeling better. This can take many forms, from learning relaxation skills to intensively reworking thinking patterns. Click here to learn more about finding a counselor.
- Medication – can provide relief for some people to manage their symptoms enough so they can use other strategies to pursue recovery. Medications work better for some people than others, even if they have the same disorders. It is your choice to incorporate medication into your recovery process.
- Case Management – can help you access, plan, and implement strategies for recovery. The goal is to assist people with mental illnesses in obtaining the basic services to live as independently as possible.
- Hospitalization – sometimes necessary when our mental illness is overwhelming and more than we can handle on our own. Hospitalization can help with monitoring and diagnosing a mental illness, and adjusting medications.
- Support Groups – a great way to work through challenges by sharing experiences and supporting one another. Support groups usually consist of people with similar experiences working towards a common goal.
- Community Based Rehabilitation Services (CBRS) – formally known as PSR, consists of an array of mental health services focused on promoting recovery. Services are provided in the client’s home or community.
- Peer Support – a form of community support service in which a Certified Peer Specialist works with clients to assist in regaining balance and control of their lives and to support recovery. Peer Support assistance can take a variety of forms such as building hope and resiliency, and providing information about services and self-care. Click here to learn more about peer support.
- Stress Management – a personalized approach to reducing stress to help manage your mental health condition and improve your quality of life. If stress is frequent and intense, it can strain your mind and body. It’s important to know what situations cause you stress and find effective ways to relax. Click here to learn more.
- Self-Care – improving your relationship with yourself by maintaining your physical and mental health makes you more resilient, helping you weather hard times and enjoy good ones. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, finding time to relax, positive relationships, and getting outside to enjoy nature can play a vital role in our mental health. Click here to learn more, and click here to watch a free webinar on self-care.