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Talking to Your Parents About Getting Treatment for Mental Health

  • Posted at Jan 24, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Talking to Your Parents About Getting Treatment for Mental Health

Getting help for mental health issues as a young adult can be overwhelming. You may wonder how getting help for mental health issues will impact your relationships, your lifestyle, and more. But, one of the most common things that young adults worry about when it comes to getting help for mental health issues is how their parents will respond. Treatment for mental health is essential for young adults to find out more about what they’re experiencing, learn coping skills necessary for living a life of mental well-being, and establish mental health goals for the future. However, parental involvement in the treatment of mental health is essential as it provides stability, accountability, and support. So, it’s essential for young adults to understand how to best go about the process of bringing up mental treatment with their parents or guardians. Fortunately, there are some things that young adults can do to make the process easier and more comfortable for all involved.

Some things young adults can do when talking to parents about getting treatment for mental health can include:

Find and Pick a Time to Reach Out to Your Parents About Treatment for Mental Health

The first thing you can do as a young adult who wants to approach your parents about mental health treatment is to decide on a time that you will talk with your parents about this topic. It can be helpful to schedule a specific time to talk about mental health treatment with your parents in order to help contain the situation rather than risking speaking about help while emotions run high. Scheduling a specific time can allow for a more guided conversation in which you can think about what you want to say, the topics you want to address, and how you feel without having any influence on these things. With a scheduled conversation, you can ensure that both you and your parents are ready and prepared for a conversation that will help to accomplish your goals.

Consider What You’ll Say and Address During the Conversation

Once you’ve got a date set for the conversation, you can start thinking about what you want to say during the conversation. It can help to write down what you want to address with your parents like how you’ve been feeling, why you think treatment can help, and how mental health issues are affecting your life. It can also be helpful to put things into your own personal perspective in order to help your parents further understand what you’re really going through, so don’t be afraid to open up about how you believe mental health issues are impacting your daily life, emotions, and thoughts.

Consider What Your Parents May Ask You and How You’ll Respond

It can be jarring to go into a conversation that’s heavy and personal when you don’t know how your parents will react or respond. This is why it can be helpful to, beforehand, consider all the possibilities of how your parents will react or respond during your conversation about getting mental health help. For example, what are the things your parents will be concerned about? What are the questions they may have about your personal experiences with mental health issues? What questions may your parents have about how mental health treatment can help? When you consider these questions, make sure to consider how you may answer them. This way, you can have a general idea of how you respond in real time without becoming overwhelmed at the moment.

Using Yellowbrick for Young Adult Mental Health Treatment

Once you’ve talked with your parents about mental health help, consider Yellowbrick as your option for mental health treatment. Our mission is to help young adults living with mental health issues to heal and help to provide them with the skills they need to live out their lives with mental well-being and confidence. Learn more about how we help young adults on our website by checking out our mental health care services.

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