How do I get my loved one or other family members to attend counselling?

If you are unsure how to advocate for a loved one with a suspected mental illness, emotional issue or addiction who refuses to seek help, you can contact us for advice. While we cannot trick, force or persuade others into counselling, there are specific strategic recommendations on how you communicate with your loved one that can help. In addition, when a person you love is suffering from an addiction or mental illness, your own mental health can be at risk. These issues can put an additional strain on otherwise healthy relationships. Family, friends, and partners play a crucial role in the recovery process as they learn when to step in, when to step back and how to survive the pain of loving a person who is constantly struggling.

You may be experiencing feelings of anger, anxiety, frustration, disappointment, grief, sadness, guilt, fear or hopelessness. Accepting what you have control of and what you do not is also important. Learning to care of yourself and your needs also is an important piece and provides a caregiver or loved one with the strength and resiliency to continue support or withdraw support in their loved one’s best interest. We can also provide information to link you with other people going through similar struggles to your own for support and information on services tailored to the needs of your loved one.

Category: Counselling, Getting help for loved ones

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