Guidance on how to return to your everyday routine after a stay in a psychiatric ward

The aim of your admission is to make you feel better

You have been given a treatment plan

Discharge appraisal

You will attend a discharge appraisal

You and your future situation will be discussed at the discharge appraisal

Being admitted to hospital is like taking a step down – you can’t and no longer have to try to keep your everyday life together. You have to let go of the things you usually do, but you’re also free from having to use a lot of energy on making everything work. In turn, you have to take a step up again when you’re to be discharged. You suddenly have to take care of all the practical stuff yourself; you have to take responsibility for making your everyday life work. It’s hard, but there are also advantages: you get to decide for yourself, and you no longer have to submit to the rhythm and routines of the ward. It’s like a staircase exercise, it has its ups and downs.
Erik, former inpatient

Your network

Your network can help you in the transition from hospitalisation to discharge

It’s definitely a major life crisis – being admitted and being discharged. It shakes the foundations of everything you thought you were. You’re afraid of losing your grip and confidence that the situation will improve. The fact that my mum kept saying to me, “You’ll get well” really meant a lot.
Mette, former inpatient

Your plan

Prepare a plan

Be good to yourself

Give yourself time and peace

Treatment after admission

You can receive treatment without being admitted

You can get quick, intensive help

You can get emergency help

Your GP

You can get treatment from your GP

You cooperate with your GP about medication

Social worker

Many people are assisted by a social worker

Talk to your social worker if you need support

Work or studies

When you need to start work or studies

More information

You can get knowledge and advice from user-relatives associations

Senest revideret november 2020.

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