What are self-care and management skills?
You can learn to manage your symptoms by looking after yourself. Self care is how you take care of your diet, exercise, daily routine, relationships and how you are feeling.
Peer Support and self-management programmes
Peer support means that you get support from people who have mental health problems.
- You can get peer support by joining a support group, or
- You may be able to get peer support and self management programmes through your mental health team.
Peer support through the community mental health team should be given by a person who has recovered from psychosis and is well.
Peer support and self-management programmes should give you information and advice about:
- how medication can be helpful,
- help you to notice and manage your symptoms,
- how to access mental health support,
- ho w to access other support services,
- how to cope with stress and other problems,
- what to do in a crisis,
- help you to build a social support network,
- help you to notice when you are becoming unwell, and
- help you to set personal recovery goals.
Recovery colleges are part of the NHS. They offer free courses about mental health to help you manage your symptoms. They can help you to take control of your life and become an expert in your own wellbeing and recovery. You can usually self refer to a recovery college. But the college may inform your care team.
Unfortunately recovery colleges are not available in all areas. To see if there is a recovery college in your area you can use a search engine such as Google. Or contact Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service on 0300 5000 927.
Make a Wellness Recovery Action Plan
A Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a plan that you make. The idea of the WRAP is to help you stay well and achieve what you would like to. The WRAP looks at areas like how you are affected by your illness and what you could do to manage them.
There is more information about the WRAP in the Further reading section here.
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