How to help a loved one struggling with mental illness seek treatment

Did you know CONNECT Summit County offers training to enable you to help someone struggling with mental illness seek treatment? Join us on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. for LEAP® training at the Park City Library.

The LEAP®  method was created by Dr. Xavier Amador, author of “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help“. LEAP® shows you how to quickly gain the trust of someone you are at odds with. When you Listen – Empathize – Agree – Partner®, you stop trying to convince the other person that they’re wrong, or simply misguided. Instead, you listen in a new, non-judgemental way that conveys respect for the person’s point of view. LEAP® is for any relationship, but it also gives you the tools you need to reach an agreement with someone to accept treatment and services.

Attend LEAP®  training and learn about the number one reason that people with severe mental illness (SMI) do not accept help or treatment — anosognosia, or a “lack of insight” into being ill.

Here are some comments about this great training, conducted by certified LEAP trainers:
  • “The training gave me tools on how to approach those with mental illness. The role-play gave me a better sense of what people with a mental illness go through and how to approach them in a correct manner.”
  • “Training was excellent because it shows a positive way to understand and help deal with mental illness.”
  • “Trainers are excellent. They are clearly passionate about the subject and also knowledgeable. They made it understandable and answered all questions.”


  • you are a family member of someone with anosognosia for serious mental illness (does not believe they are ill) and refuses treatment
  • you are a family caregiver of someone who understands they need treatment
  • you are a mental healthcare, public service or law enforcement professional and want to help someone accept treatment and services

Photo: Certified Trainers Lynne Rutan, Carol Labrizzi and Kay Harrison with Dr. Amador. Special thanks to our incredible volunteer trainers!

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Registration is FREE, but space is LIMITED! Register Today!

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