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New guide teaches patients to speak to GPs about mental health

Mind, the mental health charity, has produced a guide for patients on how to talk to GPs about mental health problems.

The guide says that patients should go to their surgery properly prepared because 'appointments with a GP or practice nurse are often very short'.

It advises patients to write down what they want to say, give themselves time to get to the appointment and print out information that helps to explain how they are feeling.

It also advises patients to ask for a longer appointment when booking if they have a few things to talk about.

The guide also reassures patients that they can speak to their GP, despite it not always being 'easy' to have 'that first conversation about your deepest feelings with your GP, someone you may hardly know'.

The guide is produced as part of Mind’s #findthewords campaign, and states that around a third of GP appointments are related to mental health.

Readers' comments (5)

  • this is good and useful for patients, it will help articulate the problem before they come into the consulting room and provide a focus. I think its great and well done Mind. we must destigmatize mental health.

    - anonymous salaried!

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  • You look tired doctor. Anyway, I've brought a list. How does that make you feel?

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  • Vinci Ho

    The fact these patients are a bit better prepared cannot take away the fact time is necessary to sort these patients out . The sticking point in reality is still 10 minutes appointment which has increasingly become a joke when you look at areas like mental health. MIND should campaign against the government instead.....

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  • Mind appears to have been taken over these past few years..... appears to be a different management style.

    In my area the support services offered by Mind have taken severe blows to funding and have been axed....

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  • Does this new managent accept sponsorship from the pharmaceutical industry?

    Genuine question, I don't know.

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