Sharing – Persuading a Loved One to Seek Mental Health Support
There are quite a few ideas to consider before you talk to someone you love that I highly encourage you to read. The last thing you want to do is create a situation where they feel judged or stigmatized but it happens more often than it should. (It should never happen, we aren’t even close to that.)
However, there is one thing that I have found really helps whenever someone is talking about their own mental health issues, or feeling embarrassed about considering therapy for themselves and it’s quoted right there in this article:
“If you’ve gone to therapy, you can share your experiences with them, too. It can help to let them know they aren’t alone in seeking help. “
This is so important. This is what the opposite of judgment and stigma looks like. This is normalizing therapy and mental health. This is why we need more conversations and stories about people who are, or have been, dealing with mental health issues. We all need to know that we are not alone.
So, if you are concerned about someone you love, or they are feeling stigmatized about going to therapy, and you don’t have your own experience to normalize it for them, find someone who does and offer to have your loved one talk to them about the experience. Sometimes all it takes is knowing that other people you know have been where you are to give you the hope to take the next step.