CommonGround is an online program that helps you prepare to meet with your psychiatrist or treatment team.

You might need to talk about a lot of things without a lot of time. It can be hard to remember what you want to say or ask your doctor.

CommonGround asks questions about:

  • Your symptoms.
  • Medicine you are taking.
  • Wellness concerns.
  • Wellness goals.
  • How you want treatment to help you.
  • What you have been doing to help yourself.

Make a Personal Health Report

CommonGround uses your answers to make a one-page health report. The health report lets your doctor quickly see your wellness goals, concerns, and progress. Then, you can make a shared decision about the next steps in your treatment. You can also take the health report home to look at before your next appointment.

Other Features on CommonGround:

  • Personal Medicine. Personal Medicine is what you do to be well - things that make you happy and that make life meaningful. Personal Medicine is also little ways you take care of yourself and manage stress.
  • Power Statement. A Power Statement is a self-advocacy statement that your doctor sees. It introduces you to the doctor as a person, not a patient. It says how you want psychiatric medicine to help you, and it lets your doctor or nurse help you find treatment that best meets your recovery goals.
  • Recovery Toolkits. Recovery Toolkits have worksheets, fact sheets, and other information (like posters, cards, and brochures) for each recovery and wellness topic.

You can use CommonGround at a Decision Support Center. CommonGround and other features are also on the Academy + Library, a free resource for Community Care members.