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How do you get someone to get mental health help if they

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How do you get someone to get mental health help if they refuse to do it themselves?
Submitted: 5 years ago.Category: Mental Health
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Mental Health Professional: Jean, Psychotherapist replied 5 years ago
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Hello this is Jean I would like to try and assist you. What is the age of the person?
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Mental Health Professional: Jean, Psychotherapist replied 5 years ago
Could you give me a bit more information please to better understand the situation? Thanks,
Jean
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Hello, I am here for you and am happy to respond. You cannot force someone to get mental health help unless you are their parent/legal guardian and they are under 18 years of age. The only exception would be if the person was a threat to themselves or someone else, suicidal or homicidal. What you can do is continue to gently encourage that the person seek help from a mental health professional. If this is a family member or significant other there is another therapy option - couples or family therapy. .....continuing answer......

Often if you are willing to go with the person, they are more likely to agree to seeing someone for a mental health problem. Also, if you have resources at hand when you talk with them, name $ # of therapist, they will know that you care enough to have done some work on this and are serious. You may go to www.TherapistLocator.net or www.psychologytoday.com to search for mental health professionals where you/this person live.

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Mental Health Professional: Ask Eleanor, Psychotherapist replied 5 years ago

I know it is very, very difficult to know that someone needs help and they will not agree. I certainly hope this information is helpful to you. I wish healing for this person and all the best to you, take care, Eleanor

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