How to Convince Someone to Seek Mental Health Treatment

 In Mental Health in the Workplace

How to Convince Someone to Seek Mental Health Treatment

As a clinical trainer, ‘ML’ (aka Mary Louise Ruef) uses Motivational Interviewing to convince others to seek mental health treatment.  She formally teaches Motivational Interviewing techniques to all kinds of professionals.  In this video she explains the three ways to approach a loved one about their mental health, and presents ‘guiding’ or Motivational Interviewing as a clear winner.

The Three Basic Communication Styles of Convincing a Loved One to Seek Mental Health Treatment:

1.  Confrontational

“If I confront you by pointing my finger in your face and saying, ‘This is what you need to do!!’… you’re likely to react confrontationally in-turn.  Also, If you take my advice and things don’t work out, you’re likely to come and blame me.  This communication style does not help convince someone to seek mental health treatment.”

2.  Passive

Another style simply involves asking a person ‘what is going on?’ in a passive way, and offering only neutral responses as feedback, like ‘Yeah’ or ‘Okay’ without any offering any opinion or advice.  Again, this style alone does not help convince someone to seek mental health treatment.

3.  The Motivational Interviewing approach, or “Guiding”

“I use the metaphor of climbing.  As clinicians, we metaphorically take them to the climbing store and have them choose their own climbing gear.  Then, we go out to the rock-face where clients choose their own handholds.  I never tell anyone what kind of gear is right for them, or which handholds to use on the rock-face.  What works for me might not work for you…but I CAN show you how to get to the top of this mountain!

Learn more in the complete interview with Mary Louise Ruef, and see how Motivational Interviewing can help convince someone to seek mental health treatment

 

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