Young Adult Refusing Mental Health Treatment

Encouraging therapy for a young adult or even a teenager who has previously taken medication for mental health problems but has since stopped and refuses treatment can be particularly challenging. Here are some strategies you can try:

Remember, you cannot force someone to pursue therapy, especially if they are over 18 years old, and in many states even teenagers must consent to mental health treatment on a voluntary basis. It's important to respect their autonomy while continuing to express your concerns and offer support. Encourage open dialogue and be patient with their decision-making process. It may also be helpful to seek support for yourself as you navigate this challenging situation.

Contacting Youth Crisis Line can help in providing more personalized advice depending on your locality, condition of the person in need of mental health support, their age and other circumstances.