My friend has severe mental health issues and I don't know what to do.
November 5, 2009 4:13 PM Subscribe
Help me decide the best plan of attack with a friend who has very severe mental health issues.
posted by hazyspring to human relations (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
One of my oldest and closest friends has severe mental health issues that consist of anger, depression, anxiety, and paranoia among many other things. She is quite smart and has her masters degree. She can't hold down a job, because she can't get along with her co-workers and there is always some sort of drama. She has a history of self-mutilation and has threatened to kill herself multiple times, and was involuntarily committed once, and voluntarily committed a second time.
I live across the country from her, but I try to be the best friend I can, available when she needs to talk, and as supportive as I can even though there's only so much I can do, and I try to keep some distance from the situation because of the insanity.
Her behavior has been escalating and I think I'm going to try to push her to do something inpatient until she can really get herself better. But, I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with a situation like this.
She has state health insurance, and seems like she has gotten very little help. Her behavior has continued to escalate, and I'm worried that the situation will end in suicide. She doesn't speak to her family and she has another close friend that feels the same way I do. She is married and it seems like their marriage is in a bit of trouble and he has just emotionally distanced himself from the situation.
Has anyone dealt with a situation like this, and how did you handle it? Is there any hope? It seems like she's constantly on and off new medication and nothing really helps. I feel like there is a careful balance of being a good friend and getting too involved in a very messy and complicated situation.