Supported decision making is mainly for people who become unwell and might need compulsory treatment. Supported decision making can include:

  • making an advance statement. Advance statements allow people to set down in advance what treatment they would like to receive if they become unwell.
  • choosing a nominated person. This is where a person chooses someone – often a carer, partner, friend or family member – to help make sure their rights and wishes are respected if they become unwell.

Find out more about supported decision making here.

Advance statements allow people to record their treatment preferences in case they become unwell and need compulsory mental health treatment. They can also be used by people with mental illness who are not compulsory patients but may at times find it difficult to recall their preferences.

See the guide for people who may be thinking of preparing an advance statement and for those who may be helping someone write their advance statement.