Understanding Medication used to treat Mental Health Problems

The feedback we receive from our service users and carers who use our clinical services tells us that they would like more information about the medication used to treat mental health and the terminology used as well as the side effects and ways to manage those side effects.

This course has been developed to empower our service users and carers so that they have a better understanding of their treatment options and most importantly feel able to talk to healthcare professionals about their queries and concerns.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know the way that medicines work in our bodies
  • Understand the effects of anti-depressants, mood stabilisers and anti-psychotics
  • Consider the range of side effects experienced by people taking medication to treat mental health
  • Understand the range of medication available to treat the side effects of anti-depressants, mood stabilisers and anti-psychotics
  • Be aware of the interactions between mental health medication, smoking, diet, drinking and illicit drug use
  • Consider strategies for managing side effects of medication
  • Consider ways of approaching mental health professionals to discuss options in relation to medication.


Date:  13 March 2023

Times:  10.30am to 3.30pm

Venue:  The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL

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