The challenges of life coaching young adults with mental health issues are numerous and can be daunting. Real life coaching, the system that I have put together since the beginning of this new millennium (makes it sound like a long time, huh?:-) really works with one special caveat.
When not to work with mental health issues. For those of you who have begun or have done my training you know that every month mentors use a state of mind questionnaire. The most important part of that is to make sure that our clients are not considering harming themselves or others. If it is stated by the client that they do, all bets are off and we must immediately encourage the family to seek medical help.
The times when our work can really transform the life of people with mental health issues. I guess we should first define what we mean by mental health issues. As the highest degree mentor, trained in my system, you become a master level mentor. That is the level where you can work on the most challenging mental health issues as well as Asperger's syndrome and more advanced levels of addiction.
The Mental health issues we work on range from:
General anxiety: social anxiety: psychosis: depression: bipolar diagnosis: and schizophrenia. We are merely an adjunct to the medical profession for major mental health issues. The professionals that are required to help these clients maintain an even keel. But where they say" this is all you can expect from life", we say "let's find ways to help you contribute in this world and find your Hero's Journey".
I am constantly amazed to see the extraordinary things my clients do when they "Graduate" from our system. Graduation means that no matter what life throws at them, they will be ready to deal with it, redo, and learn with they need to learn and do better and better. In some ways the unbelievable things I have seen people do who have come to me in the throws of extreme mental health anguish after finding the proper treatments and then beginning our process, which is a longer process when mental health issues are involved, these people often become great inspirations to their communities and the world at large.
If I was going to give one simple bit of instruction to my mentors (they all know I never give one simple instruction 🙂 it would be to see the greatness and the humanity in each client when we meet them in our Skype calls.
Remember, they are not their labels. No one is.