A research project investigating the lived experience of severe mental health problems and supported decision-making (SDM) from multiple perspectives.
The Mental Health and Supported Decision Making (SDM) project addresses therapeutic management, the broader social and cultural significance of psychiatric diagnosis (including bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia and major depression), and the implications for mental health services of the 2014 Victorian Mental Health Act and its emphasis on supported decision-making and a recovery framework.
(1) narrative interviews with people with psychiatric diagnoses, family carers, psychiatrists, and other mental health / allied health practitioners about their experiences and perspectives of living with or caring for someone with a psychiatric diagnosis, with a particular focus on support in relation to making decisions about care and treatment;
(2) an international comparative analysis of supported decision-making laws, policies and programs; and
(3) the development of new and innovative therapeutic practice, with clear mechanisms to support people in clinical and other settings to actively participate in decision-making about their treatments.
A comprehensive suite of resources on supported decision-making has been produced as a result of the project. These resources are aimed at improving supported decision-making practices for people with experience of severe mental health problems, and to assist family members and other supporters’ participation in supported decision-making.
An introduction to the Supported Decision-Making project and suite of resources.
The project’s Final Report, which includes a four page Executive Summary detailing the main findings.
Guidelines for Supported Decision-Making in Mental Health Services.
Fact Sheet 1 What is Supported Decision-Making?
Fact Sheet 2 Supported Decision-Making: Legal Mechanisms
Fact Sheet 4 Resources for Supported Decision-Making