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Should You Stage a Mental Health Intervention for a Loved One?

If someone you know is a risk to themselves or others, both local and national resources can help. 

  • The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – 988  
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline – (800) 799-7233  
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline – (800) 656-4673  
  • Veterans Crisis Line – 988, then PRESS 1  

If a loved one is struggling with their mental health, it’s natural to want to help them and support them in any way possible. However, when it comes to intervening in a loved one’s mental health crisis, the best course of action is not always clear. Media and pop culture often portray dramatic, intense interventions as the solution to helping someone in crisis. But is this really the best approach?

Staging a mental health intervention for a loved one should not be taken lightly. In fact, it is typically not recommended as the most effective way to support someone in crisis. Mental health professionals are trained and experienced in dealing with these situations and are better equipped to provide necessary support and resources.

Northeast Health Services offers mental health treatment in Massachusetts that can help your loved one heal. Call 508.794.8711 today to talk with our team about our mental health treatment options and to learn more about how we could help your loved one.

What Is a Mental Health Intervention?

 A mental health intervention is a structured and often formal meeting or event that involves a group of individuals who are concerned about someone’s mental health. The goal of the intervention is to encourage the person in crisis to seek help and support from professionals.

While this may seem like a loving and supportive gesture, it’s important to understand that interventions can be intense and overwhelming for all parties involved. When someone is already struggling with their mental health, an intervention may only add to their stress and anxiety.

Why Are Mental Health Interventions Not Recommended?

Professional mental health care is the best resource for someone who is experiencing a crisis. If your loved one is at risk of harming themselves or others, it’s important to seek help from local emergency resources such as the emergency room, mobile crisis unit, or a suicide hotline.

These resources are trained and equipped to handle mental health crises and can provide immediate support and assistance. Staging an intervention may further delay necessary help for your loved one.

Tips for Talking to a Loved One About Mental Health

In a crisis, like if a loved one is expressing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, the best thing to do is to reach out for professional help.

However, opening up the conversation about mental health at other times can help your loved one feel more comfortable seeking help when they need it. Knowing how to approach the topic can make a huge difference in how your loved one responds.

Here are some tips for talking to a loved one about mental health:

  • Choose a private and comfortable setting
  • Be calm and patient and avoid getting angry or emotional
  • Listen actively and without judgment
  • Offer support and resources, such as contacting a mental health professional together
  • Follow up regularly and check in on their well-being

Remember, everyone’s journey with mental health is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s important to show compassion, understanding, and support for your loved one as they navigate their own path toward healing.

Call Northeast Health Services Today for Professional Help

From medication management to individual and group therapy, Northeast Health Services provides a suite of mental health treatment options that can support your loved one. If you’re concerned about someone’s mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to learn more about what we offer.

Call 508.794.8711 or connect with our team online today to get started.