Initiating mental health treatment can be daunting. Many experience obstacles that may hinder participation. Although individuals can disengage from treatment during any stage, identifying and addressing these barriers early on may help the recovery process.
One aspect that influences participation is people’s beliefs about treatment for mental disorders. There is a tendency to view mental health support as a sign of weakness or a family matter that should not be discussed. Examining other worries such as length and duration of treatment is likely to alleviate apprehension to participate. The type of treatment can guide individuals to continue partaking in treatment. Receiving combination treatment, such as adhering to a medication regimen and participating in therapy, decreases the chances of discontinuing treatment. By expressing these concerns during the initial session with a clinician, individuals can learn the many options available.
It can be difficult to find a safe and trust-worthy environment. Having limited access to resources can be a major obstacle and not being familiar with the options available could lead to an uneasy feeling. Referral source can have a great impact on treatment participation as it is important to consider the informant. People tend to value information they receive from people they trust.
Sometimes, the providers’ expectations are not aligned with the expectations of the individuals seeking services. Here at Intercommunity Action, collaboration is our priority. Each member has a say in their own treatment process, and it is important to us to hear what you have to say. If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, there are many options available, including professional counseling. Please call us at (215) 487-1330 or email us at Greenridge@intercommunityaction.org for more information about our counseling services.
Author: Katherine Homa, M.A.
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