Assist your loved one suffering from a mental illness to seek help from mental health facilities.
Issues on mental health remain a prevalent discussion for a long time. In fact, there are movies that depict various forms of mental illness and how people who struggle with it behaves. One you may have recently seen is the movie Split starring James McAvoy.
Although these movies shed some light on the different kinds of mental illness, none or, at the very least, only a few actually teaches us the most important part—what to do when your loved one suffers from a mental illness. This article aims to provide some answers.
The first thing that one should do is to observe their behaviors. Mental illness does not appear out of the blue; it gives off warning signs. If you look keenly, even on the littlest of details, you will recognize the changes in their behavior.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) lists down the developing symptoms, which includes withdrawal, mood changes, unusual behavior, apathy, sleep or appetite changes, and more. According to the APA, learning about these signs can actually help prevent or delay the full-blown form of the illness.
If from your observations, you believe that it’s time to seek for a mental health facility, you should first consider the type that is right for your loved one. There are many types of mental health facilities, and the perfect one depends on the person’s needs. You may opt for a mental health facility that caters short-term or long-term stays or one that provides for a public or private care. Check these out:
Outpatient Treatment Mental Health Facilities
They provide treatments that often include medication management, group therapy, individual therapy, and classes that teach skills to be used in dealing with mental illness. These are perfect for people who have already stabilized their mental health condition.
Separate Inpatient Units of a General Hospital
These are where mental health emergencies are taken care of, and they cater to helping stabilize a mental health condition.
Residential Mental Health Treatment Facility for Children or Adults
These mental health facilities provide treatments, such as equine treatment, exercise, various kinds of therapy, and psychotic medication.
They are staffed with doctors, nurses, and other qualified healthcare professionals that attend to different severity of mental illness. They handle both emergency and nonemergency mental health situations.
United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs
It is set up specifically to serve the military population who are experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, substance use disorders, and other types of mental illness.
Last but not the least, give your loved one the full support they need. Let them know that they’re not alone in their battle. One way to show your support is to work closely with the mental health facility you have chosen. Ask them the ways you can help your loved one.
American Psychiatric Association. n.d. “Warning Signs of Mental Illness.” Accessed February 22, 2017. https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/warning-signs-of-mental-illness.
PsychGuides.com. n.d. “How to Find Help Treating a Mental Health Problem.” Accessed February 22, 2017. http://www.psychguides.com/guides/how-to-find-help-treating-a-mental-health-problem/.
Tartakovsky, Margarita. n.d. “15 Ways to Support a Loved One with Serious Mental Illness.” PsychCentral. Accessed February 22, 2017. https://psychcentral.com/lib/15-ways-to-support-a-loved-one-with-serious-mental-illness/?all=1.
Tracy, Natasha. 2015. “Types of Mental Health Facilities.” Healthy Place, December 28. Accessed February 22, 2017. http://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-illness-overview/types-of-mental-health-facilities/.