Supporting a Loved One with Mental Health

When a friend or family member is struggling with an undiagnosed mental health condition, it can be challenging to determine how to give them the appropriate mental health support. Most people are unclear on how to assist their loved ones without upsetting them, but it’s important to seek help with mental health as soon as a shift in behavior becomes apparent. If left untreated, even a mild mental health condition in an individual has the ability to create long-term consequences.

The negative impact of a mental health condition is exacerbated when the proper treatment is delayed. As mentioned in a previous article about the link between addiction and mental health, in individuals struggling with addiction, there is almost always an underlying mental health condition that has been left untreated. Early intervention and treatment can help to prevent the progression of a mental health condition or substance abuse before it becomes a crisis situation.

How can you get your loved one support with mental health after a behavioral shift?

 

1.) Recognize that mental health conditions are unique to each individual.

There are a wide variety of mental health conditions. Some are mild, while others are severe, and they affect people in different ways. Treatments that work for one person, may not necessarily work for another, and it’s important to have patience. Support with mental health doesn’t happen overnight. Take time to fully understand your loved one’s situation. This can be as simple as having an open, honest conversation about what they’re going through. Let them know that you care about them, and you’re available to support them in a way that suits their needs.

We know that this can be challenging, that’s why we are here to offer support with having these difficult conversations, whether through staging an intervention or coaching. Our goal is to assist you and your loved ones so that receiving help is accepted and embraced.

2.) Remind them that they are not their diagnosis.

When struggling with a mental health condition, it can feel isolating and all-consuming. The negative stigma surrounding mental health conditions can create feelings of shame and guilt, making it even harder on those suffering. Remind loved ones that they are more than their diagnosis, without minimizing the gravity of their condition.

3.) Show compassion.

Fortunately, you don’t need to have personal experience with a mental health condition to offer support to your loved one who may be struggling. One of the best ways to show support is to listen to them without judgment. Even if you may not fully understand what they are going through, showing compassion and empathy can make a profound impact.

4.) Let them know that treatment is available. They don’t have to suffer in silence.

There are a variety of reasons for why our loved ones don’t seek professional help for mental health conditions. They may be afraid to acknowledge that they are suffering, or maybe they simply don’t know who to ask for help or where to go. The support of one family member or friend can make a significant difference. You can remind your loved one of the resources and treatment options that are available and acknowledge that they are not alone.

5.) Take care of your mental health.

While supporting someone with a mental health condition is important, you also need to make sure that you are looking out for yourself. Take time to care for your own physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It is easy to get caught up in the lives of others, but you need to remember that your own self-care is crucial to how supportive you can be for your loved ones.

Our team is here to help you through family coaching, and by offering additional resources and support. We will not only help your struggling loved one, but the entire family as well.

Treatment for mental health conditions

It’s important to keep in mind that every family and every situation is unique. In some instances, medication may be necessary. In many cases, therapy, counseling, or coaching can offer the skills, insights, and strategies necessary to help a struggling loved one overcome their mental health condition.

At Feinberg Consulting, it’s our goal to fully understand the situation, so that we can respond quickly with effective support and solutions. In the face of a mental health condition, we strive to help families properly support each other, to prevent detrimental consequences in the future.

Remember that it’s never too late to seek help for your loved ones. Our team of highly trained and experienced professionals is here to offer the necessary guidance and support. Let us help you determine the best care options. 

Are you or a loved one in need of support and guidance?

When a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition, it’s challenging to manage treatment options on your own. At Feinberg Consulting, our team of highly trained professionals is here to help you find the proper treatment and recovery resources. Contact us today to learn more.