Psychological and social health action plan

We also have a printable version of the action plan.

Simply, download and print the PDF version available below, review each action and tick the relevant columns. Make a start once you've chosen the actions you are ready to do now.

Take your medicines as prescribed. 

Take your medicines as prescribed. 

If you need medicines to help treat depression and/or anxiety, make sure you take them as directed by your doctor. It is important that you understand why you need these medicines. Knowing what they’re for and how they work will help you understand and manage them. Don’t stop taking them, even if you start to feel better. Talk to your doctor first before making any changes. They can tell you whether or not you need to keep taking them.

Learn about taking heart medicines and anti-depressant medication

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Regularly monitor yourself for depression using the self-assessment checklist and take action as recommended. 

Regularly monitor yourself for depression using the self-assessment checklist and take action as recommended. 

Many people have depression or anxiety – three million Australians in fact. 

You may be depressed if for more than two weeks you have felt sad, down or miserable most of the time, or you’ve lost pleasure in (or stopped doing) your usual activities. 

Use the depression self-assessment checklist now and Beyond Blue's anxiety checklist.

Speak to your doctor if you think you might be depressed or call Beyondblue on 1300 22 46 36 or get support through their web chats, forums and email services.

Talk with your partner/family/friends about how you feel. 

Talk with your partner/family/friends about how you feel. 

Many people feel a range of strong emotions or noticeable distress following a heart event.  This may include being sad or down, worried, anxious, or just overwhelmed. Talking to a trusted friend or family member can be helpful. It’s important that you have someone who knows how you are feeling.

Read about emotional health for families on the Beyond Blue website. 

Attend a cardiac rehabilitation program. 

Attend a cardiac rehabilitation program. 

At cardiac rehabilitation, you’ll learn about your heart condition and meet others who have experienced something similar. It’s a good opportunity to discuss your fears and thoughts, and ask questions. You can bring along your partner or a friend for support.    

Learn more about cardiac rehabilitation and find a service near you.

Join a local heart support group. 

Join a local heart support group. 

Being with people who have had a similar experience can be helpful. Heart support groups can help maintain your motivation to look after yourself for the long-term. 

Learn about heart support groups.

Join a social group. 

Join a social group. 

Find a group where you can have fun, achieve something, meet people who share your interests, learn something new or just make friends. It can be good for your mental and physical health. 

Contact the Heart Foundation Helpline on 1300 36 27 87 to find a group near you. 

Join a walking group. 

Join a walking group. 

Walking is a great way to be more active and improve mental and physical health.  There are walking programs in cities, suburbs and towns across the country. Walking programs are a great way to exercise with other like-minded people in a supported environment.

Join Heart Foundation Walking.

Be physically active every day. 

Be physically active every day. 

Aim to do 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most, if not every day. This can be as simple as going for a brisk walk.  Start slowly and set realistic goals. Talk with your doctor about when you can start exercising after you have gone home from hospital.  

Learn more about getting fit after a heart attack and use the physical activity action plan to help you.  

Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered clinical psychologist. 

Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered clinical psychologist. 

Talking with your doctor about how you feel can help them find the most appropriate assistance. For example, they may refer you to a psychologist to help with your mood and adjust to the changes you’ve been through. If you need further support, they may refer you to a psychiatrist. They may prescribe medicines that can help your depression and/or anxiety.

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Well done on making a great start. You're already doing many of these actions already. It's good to go back and check the things you're already doing. For example, use a food diary track your progress, whether it's actions you're already doing, or ready to do now.

The tips below can help you plan each step in your recovery.

Well done on making a great start. You're already doing many of these actions already. You can help keep yourself on track by using a diary to track your progress, whether it's actions you're already doing, or ready to do now.

The tips below can help you plan your next step toward recovery.

Well done on making a great start. You're already doing many of these actions already. You can help keep yourself on track by using a diary to track your progress, whether it's actions you're already doing, or ready to do now.

Don't worry about not being ready to take action on some things. Recovery is not a race. Remember every step you take counts.

The tips below can help you plan your next step toward recovery.

Well done on starting your action plan. It's great that you're ready to take action on so many things. Sometimes, it's challenging when you have a long list of things to do. You can help keep yourself on track by using a diary to track your progress as you go.

The tips below can help you plan your next step toward recovery.

Well done on making a start. It's great that you're ready to take action on so many things. Sometimes, it's challenging when you have a long list of things to do. You can help keep yourself on track by using a diary to track your progress as you go.

The tips below can help you plan your next step toward recovery, even if you think you're not ready.

It's great that you're ready to take action on so many things. Sometimes, it's challenging when you have a long list of things to do. You can help keep yourself on track by using a diary to track your progress as you go.

Don't worry about not being ready to take action on some things. Recovery is not a race. Remember every step you take counts.

The tips below can help you plan your next step toward recovery.

Well done on starting your action plan. Making a plan is an important step in your recovery. Even though you don't feel ready to make a start with most actions, don't worry. Recovery is not a race. Every step you take counts – even if it's just one.

Take your time. The tips below can help you plan your next step toward recovery, even if you think you're not ready.

The tips below can help you plan your next step toward recovery, even if you think you're not ready.

Well done on making a start. Making a plan is an important step in your recovery. Even though you don't feel ready to make a start with most actions, don't worry. Recovery is not a race. Every step you take counts – even if it's just one.

Take your time. The tips below can help you plan your next step toward recovery, even if you think you're not ready.

Well done on starting your action plan. It's great that you're ready to take action, no matter how many steps you're ready to take action on.

Making a plan is an important step in your recovery.

Even though you don't feel ready to make a start with most actions, don't worry. Recovery is not a race. Every step you take counts – even if it's just one.

Take your time. The tips below can help you plan your next step toward recovery, even if you think you're not ready.

Already doing this

You haven’t selected anything that you’re ‘already doing’. Don’t worry, just choose something you’re ‘ready to do now’ and focus on that. If you need advice, you can call the Heart Foundation Helpline on 1300 36 27 87.

You’ve already started these actions. Great work. When you get started, keep track of your progress using a diary and the will become part of your routine in no time.

You’ve already started these actions. Great work. Keep track of your progress using a diary and the will become part of your routine in no time.

Ready to do now

You haven’t selected anything that you’re ‘ready to do now’. If you’re not sure what to do next, talk to a friend, your health care professional about steps you can take to improve your heart health. If you need advice, you can call the Heart Foundation Helpline on 1300 36 27 87.

It’s great you’re ready to start this action. Take your time getting it right, then select a new action to try. The tip below can help you make this action plan work for you.

It’s great you’re ready to start these actions. Take your time getting them right, then select a new action to try. The tips below can help you make this action plan work for you.

Not ready yet / Undecided

You haven’t selected anything you’re ‘not ready to do’. Well done, it looks like you’re making great progress. Follow the tips above for things you’re ‘ready to do now’. If you need a new challenge, ask a health care professional about more ways to improve your heart health. If you need advice, you can call the Heart Foundation Helpline on 1300 36 27 87.

You’ve listed the below item as something you’re not ready to do yet. Give this action a try when you’re ready.

You’ve listed the below items as something you’re not ready to do yet or you may not have selected it at all. Give one of these actions a try when you’re ready

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