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When you get home after any hospital stay, it’s time to focus on your health. To recover fully, be sure to stay on top of your care:
The Family Caregiver Alliance offers tips for caregivers and patients to ease the shift from hospital to home. Many cities have a wide range of resources, such as support groups for caregivers. Help is available if you need it to get the recommended follow-up care.
The journey to better mental health doesn’t end with your hospital stay. Health issues like depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder do not go away or get better on their own.
It’s important to continue your recovery. Professional care, including therapy and medication management, and connecting with supportive resources in your community can help.
Continue your care with an outpatient therapist or psychiatrist. This type of follow-up care can:
Don’t wait too long after you get home from the hospital to seek follow-up treatment. Continuing care quickly will help with recovery. Bring your hospital discharge paperwork to your follow-up doctor visit so your doctor has the most up-to-date information on your health.
To find mental health providers and support groups in your area, make use of resources like findtreatment.gov or SAMHSA’s National Helpline 800-662-HELP (4357). And make sure your family knows they also have options for getting support.
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