Stages of Change

Date Posted

July 31, 2020


FFDA Staff

Wife holding her face while sitting with husband and mental health provider.

As humans, making a change doesn’t happen all at once. We all move through several stages in the process of change — and we don’t always move steadily forward. Ask yourself: do I really understand the Stages of Change and how they affects those in my life?

When You Are Not on the Same Page

If your child or family member is experiencing depression, your instincts may tell you to jump in and help them. But if you are not in sync with where they are in the journey, your actions can strain the relationship. Perhaps your loved one has told you, “leave me alone,” “you’re the one with the problem,” or “I’m doing this my own way.” These words can be painful. They shouldn’t discourage you, however, from taking action.

You CAN Take Action

Family members are often in the best position to notice signs of a mood disorder.  They can also marshal the resources to support their loved one. Having realistic expectations and a deeper understanding of the process change can help you help them. Even if you aren’t on the same page, there are things you can do to support your family member.

Stages of Change Video Series

Our video series can help you if

  • you are concerned about your loved one’s mental health but they don’t see a problem
  • your family member is avoiding your efforts to communicate with them
  • your loved one has made positive steps towards addressing their depression but now are having trouble maintaining their progress.

By watching, you can learn some tips on how to better support your loved one at each stage.

Stages of Change Overview