Talking To Children About A Mental Health Hospital

Once a person has been diagnosed with a mental health condition that requires stabilization or crisis intervention, that patient will typically be admitted to a mental health hospital. In El Paso, Texas patients have a full range of services and specialized care options that can often have them stabilized and ready to return home and continue with outpatient treatment in a short period of time.

However, when there are children in the family talking about Mom, Dad or perhaps an older sibling or grandparent being admitted to a mental health hospital in El Paso, Texas can be challenging for many families. This can be even more difficult if the child witnessed the loved one in the crisis situation and is very concerned for their well-being. Often we have questions from spouses, grandparents or family members about how to tell children in the family about the admission.

Be Clear and Simple
Children are very perceptive when they sense that a parent or guardian is not telling them the truth. Talking to a child about admission to a mental health facility should be done simply and without a lot of medical terms and confusing issues. Simply let the child know that their family member needs help and that the doctors and medical staff at the facility are there to provide that help.

Know the Facts
When you are talking to children about the length of time of the stay, what is wrong, what is going to happen, or any other question don’t give information that is misleading or false. If you have the chance you may want to touch base with a member of our treatment team and find out what you can expect.

It is also possible for the family to talk to our doctors about the treatment and the individual’s overall health. Sometimes when kids hear information from a doctor it is much easier for them to accept than from their parent.

Be Prepared for Detailed Questions
Once a family member has been admitted to a mental health hospital in El Paso, Texas children often have a lot of questions about mental health issues. We recommend that you read the information that we provide and we would also be happy to recommend some great online resources that can help you to find out more.

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