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How to help someone with mental health challenges  who doesn’t want help

How to help someone with mental health challenges  who doesn’t want help

Are you struggling to help someone with serious mental illness accept treatment? Learn an effective method (L.E.A.P.)  for creating safety and trust in relationships with adults who are unaware of their mental illness and how to partner with them in seeking support and services.

About LEAP

LEAP (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) shows clinicians, family members and law enforcement professionals how to quickly gain the trust of someone who is angry or paranoid. It gives you the tools to persuade someone in “denial” about mental illness to accept treatment and/or voluntarily comply with your requests. 

The LEAP method grew out of Dr. Xavier Amador’s lived experiences, including:

  • the successful struggle to convince his brother, Henry, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia to take the medications prescribed for him. 
  • twenty-five years of hands-on clinical experience with patients who lacked insight into their illnesses
  • experience gained from hundreds of LEAP seminars involving the tens of thousands of clinicians, family member and law enforcement
  • twenty-five years of clinical research supported by NIMH, Stanley Research Foundation, American Psychiatric Association and NARSAD. 

For your convenience, you may watch our PowerPoint presentation about the Leap Method (password 7O^%5u30).

Or read more about it here.

Learn More About L.E.A.P.

Attend CONNECT Summit County’s next LIVE or VIRTUAL LEAP Training for Family Members, Mental Health Professionals and/or Law Enforcement Officials. 

When: Thursday, October 22 from 6-9 p.m.

Local residents, Lynne Rutan, Kay Harrison, Carol Labrizi and Laura Waugaman have been trained and certified by Dr. Amador as LEAP Trainers. They volunteer their time to teach LEAP in our community enabling CONNECT Summit County to provide this invaluable training at no charge to our community members. Not only are these Certified LEAP Trainers excellent instructors, they bring their own lived experience using LEAP. 

To register, go to

(Dr. Armador with our LEAP Trainers)

Some testimonials from our last local LEAP training:

This was the first time I was able to see the other side, from the person who is struggling with this mental health condition. -LEAP Attendee June 2020

I’m super grateful for the opportunity to have attended the training. I learned a lot AND I can’t wait to share it with my bestie who’s a therapist out of state. -LEAP Attendee June 2020

Please go here to register for the next local live or virtual LEAP training 

Additional Resources

LEAP Foundation Website. Check out these resources on the LEAP Foundation website, including FREE videos, online case studies, advanced regional and online training events, testimonials, LEAP referral network.

Order the book, ‘I Am Not Sick and I Don’t Need Help’ by Dr. Xavier Amador and receive detailed instructions on how to use and practice LEAP. Note: If you login at AmazonSmile and select CONNECT Summit County as your desired non-profit, a small portion of the book proceeds will go to us at no extra cost to you. 


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