Help with Brother's Commitment
January 10, 2011 9:56 AM Subscribe
Brother tried to kill himself, I called 911. He has been committed against his will. Need help figuring out how to support him despite his anger towards me.
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My brother has always had "issues". He has been in jail for domestic violence, he is a chronic pot smoker, has trouble keeping jobs, is depressed, lives with my mom, is 35 didn't graduate from college and basically a lost soul. He has been depressed/angry for most of his life. Sunday morning he posted on his facebook page "Goodbye, take care, sorry for doing this" and then called me from a bridge telling me he was going to jump off. He hung up, I called 911 and then for the next couple of hours he would call me crying/yelling etc. When he finally came home (I live in a 2 family with my 2 kids and my mom and brother live downstairs) I called 911 and they came and took him to the hospital and committed him. Now he is totally angry, blaming me (texting and calling me to say he hated me and I have ruined his life) and he has also taken me off the list of people who can talk about his care.
I am going back and forth between feeling like I did the right thing to worrying about what retaliation he might take once he gets out. I am wondering what might happen to him in the next 48 hours, if he will be able to check himself out, what he might be offered for services? Has anyone here been through something similar and can help me understand how to be supportive but clearly give him his space? Has anyone been through this either as the person who was committed or the person who had to call 911?
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