SAMHSA launches mobile app for mental health

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently launched a mobile app to help people with serious mental illness create a plan to guide their treatment during a mental health crisis.

The app, My Mental Health Crisis Plan, includes a step-by-step process to create and share a psychiatric advance directive, a legal document that includes a list of instructions and preferences should the individual be unable to make their own decisions during a mental health crisis.

State-specific requirements for completing the directive are included, and the document can be shared via PDF or QR code.

The app also allows users to designate a trusted person who can act on their behalf; identify whom to notify in the event of a mental health crisis; state treatment preferences, including which treatments to use, medications, hospital preferences, and preferences for doctors and other mental health professionals; and share the plan with others, including doctors, members of the care team, and family and friends.

“The My Mental Health Crisis Plan app provides a simple, convenient and effective way to create and share a psychiatric advance directive,” Dr. Saul Levin, American Psychiatric Association CEO and medical director, said. “We are pleased to partner with SAMHSA in creating this important technological tool for people with serious mental illness.”

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