A Guide for Future Healthcare Decision
If you have a serious mental health condition, you should let your doctors and loved ones know your wishes for mental health care. This is just as important as letting them know your wishes for other types of medicalcare.
Think about your experiences with your mental health condition. If you recognize signs that your mental health is getting worse, you may want your providers and loved ones to know those signs, too. Have certain treatments or drugs helped you while others haven’t? Have you been hospitalized before? If so, was it helpful? You may have had either good or bad experiences with other approaches your providers have tried,too.
Be sure to discuss your choices with your spokesperson, loved ones, and health care providers.
You may attach a copy of this optional worksheet to your VA Advance Directive if you choose to complete one. Be sure to initial each page. If you do this, VA will treat the worksheet as part of your directive. If you give the worksheet to your health care provider, it will become part of your medical record, and will be protected like your other medical information. Please review this worksheet with your spokesperson, loved ones, and health care providers before you attach it to your advance directive.
Talk to your legal advisor if you want to use a state-authorized mental health advance directive. Your advisor can help you incorporate your preferences onto that document.
Great job on finishing this worksheet, at this time you can either download the PDF of your worksheet or email it to yourself.
To include your preferences about the use of life-sustaining treatment in an advance directive.
For guidance about how to talk to your loved ones and health care providers abour your wishes
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