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Mental Health: 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: Decision making in mental health

Welcome to a special issue of Mental Health Update about decision making in mental health. This collection of journal articles, websites and videos looks at forms of collaborative decision making that aim to actively involve mental health consumers in decisions affecting them. This includes shared and supported decision making as well as many suggestions on how to ensure voices are heard.

Full text access: Articles marked with an asterisk* require an SVHM login for offsite access. You should only need to log in once. External readers are welcome, but please note that this library can only supply subscription based full text resources to SVHM staff and students. SVHM staff may request an EndNote library of citations.

Contact:     Last update: 15 July 2022

Related guide: Advance statements in mental health

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

Shared decision making

Barriers and enablers

Clinician experience and attitudes

Consumer experience and attitudes



Supported decision making


New Zealand

Video from the University of Sydney

Other aspects of decision making


Barriers and enablers


Electroconvulsive therapy



Peer support