Communicating with Mental Health Providers About Your Loved One
Family members play a significant role in their loved one’s recovery and should be able to share beneficial information with the providers who are treating their loved one. Unfortunately, not all providers welcome caregivers to the table to hear how things are going at home. A large part of our work as FERC Family Advocates is working with providers and families to bridge communication. Below, you’ll find some tips and approaches for how to talk to mental health professionals. Please also connect with someone from our FERC team if you’d like more individualized support. Helping providers see their patient’s caregivers as allies is the heart of our work. You can reach us at (888) 896-3372.
Before you meet with a mental health professional like a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or nurse, think about what you want to talk about and write it down. Are there things you are worried or concerned about? Are there reactions to things like medication you would like to share? You should make sure you capture your thoughts in writing and bring them with you to your next meeting.
To Get the Support You Need
Being a caregiver is hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. Family Education & Resource Center supports the families and caregivers of children, youth, adults, and seniors working through mental health challenges. Our dedicated team, extensive program offerings, peer support groups, and resource library are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to connect with an advocate.