Talking about mental health with close-minded family members can be difficult, but there are several strategies that you can use to approach the topic:
- Start the conversation in a non-confrontational way: Begin by expressing your concerns about your own mental health, or by mentioning something that you read or heard about mental health that you found interesting.
- Use relatable examples: Share stories or examples of people who have struggled with mental health issues, especially if they are people that your family members may know or admire.
- Avoid using medical jargon: Speak in terms that are easy to understand and avoid using technical language or medical jargon that may confuse or alienate your family members.
- Provide information: Provide your family members with resources, such as websites, books, or support groups, that can help them learn more about mental health.
- Avoid judgment and criticism: Try not to judge or criticize your family members’ opinions or beliefs about mental health. Instead, listen to their concerns and try to understand where they are coming from.
- Be patient: Changing attitudes and beliefs about mental health can take time. Be patient and persistent in your efforts to educate your family members and encourage them to seek help if needed.
- Seek outside support: If you feel like you’re not making progress, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional or a support group. They can provide additional resources and advice on how to approach the conversation.
Remember, talking about mental health can be uncomfortable, but it is an important conversation to have. By approaching the topic with empathy and understanding, you may be able to help your family members better understand mental health and the importance of seeking help when needed. Eastside TMS and Wellness is here to help with your mental health needs. Give us a call or take the survey linked on our website to see if we can get you the help that you need.