If your loved one suffers from a mental health problem you may feel that their situation is hopeless, especially if they are in denial about the problem.
You may be concerned for their well being, or even ashamed. It is important to remember that you are not alone.
When someone you love is suffering from a mental disorder such as depression, the first step is to recognize the problem. Unfortunately they may be reluctant to do so out of shame or fear. This is when it may be time to consider a mental health intervention.
Why Have a Mental Health Intervention?
Interventions have become an effective way to convince loved ones to seek treatment for problems such as:
- Bipolar disorder
- Other mental health conditions
They are also effective in getting those suffering from mental illness to recognize that they have a problem, even if it’s a dual-diagnosis issue that’s coupled with substance abuse.
While it is not possible to diagnose anyone without a professional medical opinion, scheduling a mental health intervention when symptoms of mental illness are present can be the first step to convincing your loved one to see a doctor. Once a screening is done a diagnosis can be given and treatment can begin, putting your family member on the road to getting their life back.
Although it may seem overwhelming to initiate a mental health intervention, it is important to remember that your loved one greatly needs your help and may even want to talk to someone, but is afraid due to the stigma attached to the mentally ill.
What to Do During a Mental Health Intervention
When attending the intervention it is important to be compassionate and respectful, yet also to be firm. All family and friends who attend must make sure to present a united front. There will be a professional interventionist available to help you through the process and offer mediation if necessary.
Some things you may want to discuss with your loved one is how their mental illness may be affecting their career, family life or physical health. You will want to let them know that you love them and are there to offer support.
Offer Factual Accounts of Events That Have Led You to Become Concerned
It is often helpful to write down what you are planning to say, as it is easy to forget in the heat of the moment. It is important to have a plan of action available for treatment, as you will want to start right away if the intervention is successful.
The goal of the intervention is to present a united front, making it impossible for the afflicted to deny their problem any longer. With the help of the interventionist to facilitate these results your loved one can begin to receive the help they need.
We Can Help
Dealing with mental illness can be devastating. While your loved one may be desperate and even resentful, it is important to remember that mental health problems are no one’s fault. It is important to take action to help your loved one, however. Scheduling a mental health intervention is an important first step to getting them on the road to recovery.
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