Mediation can be very helpful in certain types of family disputes that would never be heard in a court of law. Mental Health Mediation, although a relatively new field, is a perfect example of this. It is intended to help with mental health decision-making in families where one member acknowledges that he or she has a mental health problem.
Increasing evidence shows that people with mental health illnesses are not only capable of benefiting from mediation, but that it gives them a greater sense of empowerment and control over their lives. Although by no way exhaustive, mediators can help families with treatment options (issues relating to medication, therapy, and hospitalization) living arrangements (issues including housing, residential treatment programs, and employment) and communication plans (issues involving language used and frequency and settings of family discussions).
Stacey Silpe is trained in this field and can help you resolve these and other mental health related issues in a non-threatening, peaceful and private way. Before becoming a lawyer, Stacey worked at an inpatient mental health facility. She is happy to meet with you to answer any questions you may have.