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Mental Health: Supported decision making in mental health

Guide to library resources for staff of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne with an interest in mental health, psychiatry and psychology

Mental Health Update: Supported decision making in mental health

This is a library guide to resources about supported decision making in mental health. This guide has been updated in line with the Victorian Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022, which says: 

Supported decision making practices are to be promoted. Persons receiving mental health wellbeing services are to be supported to make decisions and to be involved in decisions about their assessment, treatment and recovery including when they are receiving compulsory treatment. The views and preferences of the person receiving mental health and wellbeing services are to be given priority.

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Contact:     Last update: 26 September 2023
Related guide: Advance statements in mental health

Supported decision making in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 (Victoria)

Feature articles - supported decision making

Australia and New Zealand



United Kingdom

Setting the scene - collaborative decision making in mental health

Lived experience perspective

(a key resource full of videos about understanding experiences, diagnosis, navigating services, treatments, supported decision making and increasing participation)

Shared decision making vs supported decision making

Examples of supported decision making

Other aspects of decision making


Barriers and enablers


Electroconvulsive therapy



Peer support