this website is a very positive first
When most people seek help for mental illness, they are unsure of how
the process works. This is very stressful for some people.
I think I have a problem. What
do I do?
- First, you’ve already done
something. You have come to this site to learn more. That
is a very brave step. Be proud of yourself.
- If you are feeling suicidal, call
a crisis hotline or 911. They will direct you to immediate
- Otherwise, take a look at the What
to Expect When Seeking Help. This will help you understand
how the process works.
- Choose a local resource from the
Finding Help and Resources page. Call them and make an appointment.
- It is a good idea to tell someone
close to you that you have made an appointment if you feel
comfortable with this. It will help you to have support from
a close friend or family member, and they can remind you
about your appointment.
- Be sure to go to your appointment.
You may be nervous, but just remember that mental health
professionals are there to help you. They also protect your
- Give your treatment a chance. Most
treatment plans need some time to be effective.If you feel
your loved one or friend is a danger to themselves or others,
please call a crisis hotline or 911. They will direct you
to immediate help.
I think my loved one or friend has a problem. What
do I do?
- If you feel they would be receptive
to it, talk with them. Often, someone dealing with a mental
health or substance abuse problem needs to know others care
about them and support them in getting help.
- If appropriate, direct your loved
one or friend to this site so that they can learn more and
explore the resources in their local area. If you feel it
would be stressful for them to do this, you can find a local
resource and suggest it to them.
- Suggest they make an appointment
for an initial assessment, or offer to make the call for
them. Do this in a supportive manner, explaining to them
that you are proud of them for seeking help.
- Continue to offer your moral support,
and respect your loved one or family member’s privacy.
When they are ready to talk about the treatment they are
receiving, they will be open if they feel you will be receptive.
Let them talk about this in their own time.