ARISE® Mental Health Intervention
Mental illness is defined by the National Alliance on Mental Illness as:
“…Medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.”
If left untreated, mental illness can be severely debilitating and even life threatening. There is a broad range of mental illnesses. The range of illnesses includes but is not limited to the following:
- bipolar disorder
- borderline personality disorder
- anxiety disorders
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- panic disorder
- dissociative disorders, and more
Signs and symptoms of mental illness vary widely. Nearly 50% of mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75% of them occur by age 24. Early support for your loved one is crucial for recovery.
Mental illness often interferes with or substantially limits major life activities. These activities include work, communication with others, ability to learn at school, capacity to care for oneself and engagement in relationships. Untreated, or under-treated mental illnesses is a common factor in homelessness. Furthermore, a significant percentage of incarcerated people have severe mental illnesses. Although these are two extreme examples, it is important to recognize this as a risk. However, with the right help and support, these things can likely be avoided.
You Are NOT Alone
If your loved one is suffering from a mental illness, you may be feeling isolated, or that their situation is hopeless. This feeling can amplify if your loved one is still in denial about their illness. You may be worrying about their well-being, or even ashamed about what others may be thinking about your loved one. You are not alone.
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S., that is about 43.8 million people is suffering from a mental illness. Almost 18.5% of people in America experiences mental illness in a given year. What’s more, it is also important to remember that mental illness is an illness like any other. Would you be ashamed of your loved one’s suffering from pneumonia? What about a fractured leg? We can all work together to take the shame out of all illnesses, especially mental illness.
Is It Time To Intervene?
It can be challenging to get your loved one the help they need to begin recovery from their mental illness. Depending on whether or not the Person of Concern is aware of or embracing their illness. If you and your family are struggling to help your loved one achieve their treatment goals – ARISE® Continuing Care with Intervention includes ongoing case management and support for you, your loved one, and the entire family.
A Certified ARISE® Interventionist (CAI) will work with you to:
- understand the disease
- how best to reduce relapses
- improve long-term health
- work with you to motivate your loved one to get the help
- work towards long-term health and healing
With the correct treatment, the vast majority of mental illness is manageable. Recovery, including resuming meaningful roles in social life, school, and work, is possible. With the correct treatment and involvement of both family and Person of Concern, a healthy life is possible. Family and friends play a substantial role in recovery. Our Certified ARISE® Interventionists are ready to work with you, your loved one, and your family, to find the appropriate treatment.
If your loved one is suffering from a mental illness and struggling to reach their treatment goals, ARISE® Mental Health Continuing Care with Intervention can be an effective way to help. ARISE will get your loved one and your family the help they need to heal collectively. ARISE® gets over 83% of individuals into treatment within three weeks, 96% into treatment within six months and 61% in recovery by the end of the year. Your Certified ARISE® Interventionist will help you select a treatment facility and professionals that serve those with mental illness to best fit the needs of your loved one and you.
The ARISE® Continuum of Care
Over a minimum of six to twelve months following treatment, your Certified ARISE® Interventionist will continue providing you and your family with comprehensive case management. He or she will collaborate and coordinate with the treatment facility and other treating professionals to determine the appropriate next steps for recovery and long-term management. If needed, the contract can be extended as long as necessary. Outcome studies show definitively that working with the individual and the family with solid case management over time reduces the frequency and length of relapses and improves the quality of life for the Person of Concern and the family.
If you are dealing with a mental illness and are feeling alone or dealing with shame, many organizations can help connect you to support groups around the world, including NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) at NAMI.org.