By: T.S.A./Guest Writer
How do I make my parents realize/accept the fact that I need professional mental health? I’ve tried telling them several times and they either say they don’t want to talk about it or that I’m okay. They don’t hear me, and I need them to. I’ve told them straight to the point, I’ve told them why I need it, I’ve brought it up multiple times over the last few months with absolutely no progress.
Thank you so much for reaching out to us. Mental health is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. We are here to help take you through the steps in reaching the help you need.
The first step in your journey is realizing that you need to reach out to somebody. It is better to reach out than to hold all of your emotions in. It’s really great that you talked to your parents about it, but sometimes they just don’t understand or accept what is happening. We found that in most cases, parents have a hard time understanding that their child needs help.
If you are the age of 14 or older- You can make the choice to reach out for help without your parents. There are many local options for you, including NEPA Hallstead (570-879-5249) and Integrative Counseling New Milford (570-465-2080). These resources are available to you without your parents consent. If you do not feel comfortable with contacting these Mental Health Centers, we have a great social worker in our school. The information to contact her is in the next paragraph.
If you are not 14 or older- We have a social worker within our school who is prepared to help students in this type of situation. Her name is Miss. Chrissy, and she works at the “crisis center” at the end of the middle school hallway. She is very knowledgeable in situations such as this, and will not hesitate to help you to the best of her ability. If you want to get in contact with her, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit her in her office.
Thank you so much for contacting us. We really do hope that this helped you in some way. This is a hard subject to talk about, and it is extremely impressive that you took control of it. If you need any more help, please feel free to ask again. We would also really appreciate if you kept us in the loop about how your journey is going.