Mental health empowerment worksheet


What is the theory behind this Mental health empowerment worksheet?

The stigma around mental illness makes it difficult for the individuals going through mental health problems. People refuse to take treatment or even acknowledge their issues because of the fear of social disapproval and isolation. Oftentimes, they seek treatment but never disclose it to their loved ones thus costing the important support system that can benefit their therapeutic process. individuals like these need to be empowered about coming out with their mental illness. The therapist is not only present to treat the symptoms clients come with. It is also their responsibility to empower clients regarding their mental illness.

How will the worksheet help?

The purpose of this worksheet is to help the clients in being transparent about their mental health to their loved ones. This worksheet will help in strategizing an assertive way to reveal this information as well as prepare for the positive and negative expected outcomes of it. it will also help clients in reflecting and appreciating the already present support system they have.

How to use this worksheet?

There are many people who must know about our current mental health condition for our own benefit. For example, an employee needs to disclose this information to their boss for relief in the workload or working hours or a mother of a new-born needs her mother to babysit the child so they may be able to attend therapy sessions. Think of all the people in your life that need to know and how will they react? also the reasons why you are reluctant to tell them. Read the following questions and answer them in detail.

Mental health empowerment worksheet

References 

Jorm, A. F. (2012). Mental health literacy: Empowering the community to take action for better mental health. American Psychologist, 67(3), 231-243. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0025957

Mayer, L., Corrigan, P.W., Eisheuer, D. et al. Attitudes towards disclosing a mental illness: impact on quality of life and recovery. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 57, 363–374 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-021-02081-1

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