It can be a challenge to convince someone to get professional mental healthcare. If you see warning signs that indicate a loved one might need professional help, experts recommend setting a time to talk to them about their situation, and abiding to certain communication rules during the communication (for example, using “I” statements like “I’m concerned.”)
Experts also recommend looking up the details of a trustworthy professional ahead of time. You might even want to set the appointment. It also helps if you know that professional mental health care can be paid for by insurance, since many people don’t seek treatment because they don’t think they can afford it.
If the person is putting up significant resistance to professional help, experts recommend taking a more forceful approach (i.e. cutting off financial support or visitation access) and calling the authorities at the point where it seems the person could be a danger to themselves or others. If it comes to the point where strong measures are needed, professionals in the field say that a single phone call or threat is not sufficient. Getting the person in to treatment requires ongoing involvement.