If you are concerned that you may be subject to involuntary psychiatric commitment or treatment at some future time, you can prepare a document in advance to express your choices about treatment. The document is called an advance directive for mental health decisions.
If you expect you might need mental health treatment in the future and believe that you might be found incompetent to make your decisions at that time:
For FREE assistance in creating a psychiatric advance directive, enroll in NAMI Utah's BRIDGES course (a free education course for people living with mental illness), or contact NAMI Utah and speak with a NAMI Mentor.
For more information on Advance Directives, click here.
We all need nutrition to support our bodies. A poor diet equals poor health, contributing to obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes - conditions that many people living with mental illness are at a high risk of developing. Nutrition is important for everyone. If you are living with mental illness, eating well is especially important for you, because what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. Healthy eating is not about being thin or deprivation. Healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy, participating in your recovery and mapping out your future. Simply put, healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to improve wellness. Dietary guidelines set by the USDA state that a healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products. A healthy diet should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Be sure to limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Lear more about the U.S. government's guidlelines by reveiwing the food pyramid: mypyramid.gov.