Referring a client or a patient to a mental health specialist can be tricky business. Sometimes the person you want to refer is reluctant to seek professional help. Perhaps the person is not convinced that she or he needs help, or is skeptical that it will be of any consequence. Or it may be the person has had a negative experience in the past seeking mental health assistance. Some people feel stigmatized and therefore ashamed by having a mental health problem, leading them to avoid seeking help.
Some people are interested in seeking help, but are too anxious to make the initial call to inquire about the services and make the first appointment. Others may have a dementia process interfering with their ability to initiate, understand, or remember the steps involved in setting up an appointment.
We have included in this section a few suggestions or tips to help you with this referral process using this directory.