Mental Health Recovery

Making Mental Health Treatment Decisions Together

Making decisions together is about playing a key role in your care for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. That means participating in treatment and recovery, communicating with your treatment team, and learning to make mental health treatment and recovery decisions that reflect what you want and need.

Make It a Partnership

This works well if both you and your healthcare professional are able to partner and have a spirit of teamwork.

  • When you have an open and honest relationship with your healthcare professional, there is a respectful exchange of information between 2 experts
  • You can share your values, preferences, experiences, and life goals, while your healthcare professional can provide information on treatment, medication options, and mental health services

Making Decisions Together Includes:

  • Gathering information
  • Considering options
  • Weighing the pros and cons
  • Making a decision together with your doctor or treatment team

Participating in Decisions Empowers You to:

  • Make informed decisions based on what’s important to YOU
  • Receive treatment, medication, and services that reflect YOUR goals
  • Make sure that decisions are right for YOUR needs and preferences. This may help motivate you to follow through with treatment and services YOU have played a part in choosing

Get Informed

Try to get as much information as possible about your mental health condition and available medications and treatments.

Being informed will empower and prepare you to make decisions. Remember, there are many ways to be involved. You can choose how much or how little you want to be involved!

Decision Aids Can Help

Some decisions do not have an easy or clear answer. Decision aids are tools that can help you work through treatment and recovery decisions.

Print out the Making Decisions Together workbook to learn more and find worksheets that can help you make decisions about medication, housing, and other recovery topics with your doctor and treatment team.