Talking to Individuals and their Families About a New Diagnosis: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Mental health professionals play a pivotal role in supporting individuals and their families with how to understand, accept and manage a new diagnosis. You can provide accurate information to help someone in your care understand that their diagnosis is important. Keep in mind that how you present that information can impact their view of the future, of themselves, and their engagement in overall treatment. It is vital to be thoughtful about this process.

SMI Adviser offers a valuable guide to help you prepare for conversations around a new diagnosis. Use these insights to help increase engagement, build rapport, instill hope, and more. SMI Adviser created this guide in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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