What are six things that should be done to sustain a patient's mental wellness?

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First, a therapist should be willing to meet a patient where they are, using active listening all through the mental health treatment program.

Second, therapists can help patients maintain and sustain mental wellness through encouraging the following behaviors:

  • Getting ample sleep
  • Getting exercise
  • Focusing on gratitude/journaling
  • Finding ways to connect...

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First, a therapist should be willing to meet a patient where they are, using active listening all through the mental health treatment program.

Second, therapists can help patients maintain and sustain mental wellness through encouraging the following behaviors:

  • Getting ample sleep
  • Getting exercise
  • Focusing on gratitude/journaling
  • Finding ways to connect with other people
  • Pursuing interests and hobbies that bring pleasure

Third, therapists can help patients as well by gradually decreasing dependence on the therapeutic relationship through spacing out appointments at wider intervals while making it clear they are always available.

Fourth, therapists can make it easy for patients can get in touch with them if they have further needs or feel themselves backsliding, be this through phone interventions, Zoom, or otherwise.

Fifth, therapists can go over with their patients other resources in the community that are available to support mental health.

Sixth, therapists can help patients devise a set of structures that will support them through the transition to independent wellness, schedule check-ins as needed, and make sure that patients understand the importance of continuing with needed medications.

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