As loved ones to our family members, watching any of them deal with mental health challenges can be tough. However, expressing that you want them to get treated and/or seek help can turn confrontational, even stigmatizing.
As a provider of short term rehab, we are listing down some pointers to help you go about this. Here are some of them:
- Begin by showing support
Be gentle; use loving and non-judgmental language. Assure them of your support throughout the whole process of getting psychological services.
- Timing matters
Choose the right time and place. Check on their current state of mind as well as their emotional and physical sensitivity. Make sure to not open the conversation where others can hear the conversation.
- Be upfront about your motives
It’s natural for your loved one to be defensive about the idea of needing therapy so make sure to be clear on your intention from the get-go and reassure them that your suggestion is coming from a place of love and support.
- Offer concrete support
This means not only encouraging them to get help but, most importantly, laying out the steps on how to go about it. Offer to contact providers on their behalf and accompany them until they’re comfortable.
Deciding to see a therapist can be a daunting experience. That is why we make it a point to create an open and compassionate environment in our rehabilitation center in Oswego, New York, at Pontiac Care and Rehabilitation Center to make seeking help easier for our residents.