Have you ever wished you could let people know in advance about what you wanted or didn’t want should you experience a psychiatric crisis or mental health emergency? If so, then keep reading to learn about Psychiatric Advanced Directives.
What are Psychiatric Advance Directives?
Psychiatric Advance Directives are a legal document that you prepare before a crisis that will inform your healthcare providers, family, friends, and/or the supportive people in your life what your preferences are for psychiatric treatment when you are in a crisis or emergency.
Preferences could include, but are not limited to, your preferences for:
- Emergency contacts
- Typical or usual responses that you might have to hospital settings
- How hospital staff could best interact with you
There could also be other instructions you need to communicate, such as bills that need to be paid or beloved pets that need care.
There is a National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advanced Directives that provides detailed information on the benefits, limitations, and specific steps that are needed for creating and registering your Psychiatric Advance Directive (also known as PAD). Visit their website or contact them to learn more.