When a loved one or family member is drinking too much, using drugs, or struggling with a mental disorder, your support can be key to getting them the treatment they need. Starting the conversation is the first step to getting help. Starting a talk about mental illness or substance use with a loved one is tricky. See below for some tips from the “Starting the Conversation Guide” from the article “Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Families: Multimedia Resources” by SAMHSA, featured in this post. Learn more about substance use disorders at their website SAMHSA.gov.
Video and Audio Resources
The Family Drama spots encourage families to talk directly with their loved ones about concerns with possible substance use.
Can We Talk?
The Can We Talk? spots show how to start a conversation about mental illness with your loved one using three simple words: “Can we talk?”
Family Support Guide
Do you suspect a family member is living with a mental or substance use disorders? Here are some things to keep in mind as you support them.
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Starting a talk about mental illness or substance use with a loved one is tricky. If you’re unsure how to broach the subject, try these conversation starters.
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