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Keeping physically healthy with a mental illness or addiction

Getting a physical health check-up is a good way to stay healthy. The best place to have this is at your general practice.

If you have a mental illness, this can understandably become the focus of your time with your GP. To make the best use of the time, be clear about what physical health issues you want to discuss. See Preparing for your doctor's visit for information about how to prepare.

If you want to, you can take a support person with you to your appointment. Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support (MHAPS) and Comcare Trust can offer a peer support person. You can also ask family, whānau or friends.

As well as talking to you about any health problems you're concerned about, your GP should also check for health problems that are more common in people with a mental illness.

Self-care with a mental illness or addiction

There are a number of things you can do to look after your physical health.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2020.


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