- Mental illnesses are conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these).
- A mental health intervention is when family and friends gather together with the goal of discussing treatment options for an individual’s mental illness or trauma.
- It’s important to hire a specialist who can help, create a group of close loved ones, plan meticulously, rehearse, and follow through.
- Don’t give up, even if they reject help.
Mental health doesn’t receive the same recognition and care as physical health, but it should. A person who’s suffering mentally is just as helpless and in need of support as someone who’s physically ill. Unfortunately, it can be much harder to recognize and treat mental illness because the one receiving help needs to be open and willing which isn’t always the case.
Since mental health is such a sensitive subject matter, it’s important to conduct these types of interventions in the most effective way possible. This will help get them to listen to concerns from loved ones and respond accordingly. With that being said, here are some tips on how to stage a mental health intervention…
What is Mental Illness?
A mental health diagnosis is hard not only for that person, but it can also be difficult for their friends and family. The best thing to do is support them, particularly in times of need. So what first let’s decipher what mental illness is. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.”
The same source also notes that mental illness takes many different forms. It can range from being depression or anxiety, to more severe forms like schizophrenia, or anywhere in between. The symptoms of these conditions vary with some only experiencing minor impairment while others lose the ability to even leave their house or take care of themselves. “If they are unable to accept their diagnosis or follow a treatment plan, then it’s time to stage a mental health intervention,” writes Interventions 911.