Link to services offered by the National Autistic Society in your area.
Link to services offered by Mind in Yorkshire and Humberside area.
There is also the mind infoline.
Our team provides information on a range of topics including:
- types of mental health problem
- where to get help
- medication and alternative treatments
We will look for details of help and support in your own area.
Our lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
0300 123 3393
Cefn Coed Parc
Advice from the mind helpline.
"What can I do if a friend or relative will not seek help?
Sometimes you might feel that a friend or relative is becoming unwell and want them to seek help from a professional or other source, but they will not always agree.
There can be many reasons why people might refuse to seek the help that you feel they need:
- It could be that they want to solve their issues on their own, and see professional help as a weakness.
- They might actually be taking steps to find support already but not feel comfortable telling you about this
- Sometimes people who have had a bad experience with a GP or other support service in the past can be reluctant to try the same route again.
- For some people, a symptom of their mental health problem is a lack of awareness that anything is wrong. This is usually called a lack of insight, and is common in people diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
It is important to try to build trust and communicate positively with the person so that you can both understand where each other is coming from.
It is common to feel frustrated if you think someone is not trying hard enough to get well, but try not to make assumptions about how they feel. If you are able to make time to have an honest conversation and show them that you value what they are telling you it can be easier to move forward together.
If the person you care about is unable to recognise that they are unwell you can still try to build a trusting relationship. Focus on trying to identify with the emotions that they are expressing and the things that they are most concerned about, rather than the things that are most concerning for you. This might help you to agree that asking for extra support and treatment could be helpful."