Getting Support

In support of their recovery, people with a mental illness and their carers can access support from health professionals to maintain and improve their physical health.

Care and Treatment Plan / Carer’s Assessment:
Goals which service users and carers can set themselves include:-

● Registering with a GP
● Making an appointment with their GP to discuss their physical health
● Preparing for their GP appointment by making a list of the things they want to discuss such as stopping smoking, exercise and the management of physical conditions
● Discussing the effectiveness, side-effects and management issues of medications for mental illness with their doctor or pharmacist and exercising choice in the decision about their medication
● Attending a Well Person clinic at their local GP surgery – this health ‘MOT’ will usually include key checks such as a weight check, blood pressure test, cholesterol test and a urine
sample test to look for kidney disease or diabetes
● Registering to make an appointment with a dentist/optician
● Joining a stop-smoking support group
● Getting support to reduce alcohol/drug intake
● Getting advice on sexual health.

Supporters could include:-

● GP and Practice Nurse
● Dentist
● Optician
● Alcohol and drug (substance misuse) services
● Stop Smoking Wales
● Health promotion service
● Family member and/or other carer
● Care Coordinator.

Best practice examples in mental health services:-

● A mental health project in Conwy invited a local optician to visit the project and provide eye checks
● A service in Newport worked with local GP surgeries to arrange for service users and carers to attend well man and well woman clinics
● Service users in Colwyn Bay invited a smoking cessation officer to a local project to provide information and advice
● A mental health project in Carmarthenshire invited a pharmacist to talk to service users and carers about the physical health side-effects of anti-psychotic medications
● “Cynllun Codi Calon” is a joint initiative between Hergest unit and Gwynedd local health board which provides people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia/bipolar disorder/schizoaffective disorder with a physical health check and consultation in local venues – for more info please ring Specialist Nurse Dawn B. Williams on 01248 384073/

Follow these links for more information:


Points you to your nearest GP, dentist, optician or pharmacist


A simple guide to getting the most out of your GP appointment from Diverse Cymru


Advice on cutting down your alcohol intake


Drug and alcohol advice and support helpline 


Advice on the physical health goals you can include in your Care and Treatment Plan