According to National Institutes of Health statistics, nearly 52 million Americans (1 in 5) live with a mental illness. But only 30% to 80% get the help they need.
When people don’t get help for their emotional disorders, it reduces quality of life for themselves and those around them. It can also lead to a substance abuse disorder, self-harm, and suicide.
But getting help for a mental disorder isn’t easy. It means admitting you have a problem and dealing with possible stigmas. It’s also a time and money investment that some people can’t afford to make.
Living with someone with a mental illness isn’t easy. If you see someone you love suffering and refusing to get help, there are things you can do to make it easy for them to come forward for the assistance they need. Here are some tips.
Find Helpful Resources: People dealing with an emotional disorder may think that getting help will be expensive and time consuming. However, there are many helpful resources. For instance, there are community groups that may offer therapy for little to no cost. If more extensive care is needed, it’s possible that insurance may cover expense.
There are also several therapists that offer virtual services that cut down on the time and money spent attending therapy sessions.
You can make it easy for a friend or loved one to reach out by doing research to find facilities that offer convenient and affordable care.
Attend Sessions with Them: Many individuals with mental disorders don’t follow through on therapy visits for any number of reasons. If you accompany them to the visits, you will hold them accountable so they will be less likely to flake out. The social aspect may even make the visits fun.
Offer Your Services: Some people find it difficult to attend therapy because they have too much on their plate. You can make it easier for them by offering to help with household tasks, babysitting or arranging childcare.
What If a Loved One Won’t Get Help?
Unfortunately, you can’t force a loved one to get help and trying to push the issue will only make matters worse. If your friend or relative is refusing help, you can:
- Offer Emotional Support: Let them know you care about them and that you’ll be there for them if they change their mind.
- Provide Resources So They Can Get Help When They’re Ready: Providing your loved one with options for affordable and convenient care may help them take the first step.
- Look After Yourself: Never let someone else’s health take priority. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be useful to anyone.
- Be Patient: Don’t lose your temper. Be patient and your loved one may eventually come around.
Dealing with someone with mental illness can be frustrating. The steps in this article will help everyone involved find the peace of mind they require. We wish you the best of luck in finding the solution that’s right for you.