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suicidal ex speaks incoherently, needlessly names me- do I warn his dad?

My suicidal ex bumped into A, an acquaintance of mine, a few days ago and, according to A who later contacted me to warn me about it, he talked strangely, incoherently, in an evidently sick way and mentioned my complete name several times for no apparent reason. As when I last heard him (to tell him to stop calling me), three weeks before this, he seemed to be in a fairly good mental state, I am now debating calling his family to let them know about it. Should I do it or would it be out of place and maybe even open up a can of worms I've barely managed to close? [more inside]
posted by opalshards on May 12, 2014 - 23 answers

Suicidal ideation support group?

Do you think starting a suicidal ideation support group (in the flesh, not chat groups or hotline numbers) would be helpful or detrimental? [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake on Oct 15, 2013 - 13 answers

ex tried to kill himself and now wants to see me: what to do?

My ex attempted to committ suicide three months ago; I've come to know about this just today as I've been made aware of the fact he asked about me to a friend of his. I'm torn between not going and keeping him and our relationship in the past to protect myself or going and risking having him think that means we can become close again. [more inside]
posted by opalshards on Sep 26, 2013 - 24 answers

What the hell do I do?

My friend just told me she is planning on killing herself in a week. I know her name and address. What the fuck am I supposed to do? She's in another state so I can't do anything myself. Do I just call 911 and get her locked in a psych ward? I'm more okay with the fact of losing my friend by betraying her wishes than by letting her die, obviously, but I still want to do what is best for her. She's in GA, I'm in KS. Thank you.
posted by trogdole on Aug 14, 2013 - 49 answers

What was this strange thing that happened to my boyfriend?

Two weekends ago, something REALLY weird happened to my boyfriend and I'm still struggling to try and figure out what it was. A hallucination? A psychotic episode? [more inside]
posted by alysonagain on Mar 30, 2013 - 45 answers

How do I find my suicidal friend a solid psychiatrist to see tomorrow without getting him "flagged in the system"? (

How do I find my suicidal friend a solid psychiatrist to see tomorrow without getting him "flagged in the system"? (deets inside) [more inside]
posted by bpm140 on Dec 12, 2012 - 37 answers

My long-distance best friend is depressed and suicidal. Help me help her!

My extremely-gifted best friend halfway across the world was depressed and then recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Now she's nearly suicidal. I'm in over my head and I don't know what to do... [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors on Aug 31, 2012 - 11 answers

How to talk with my 8-yr old about suicide?

How to talk with my 8-yr old about his older depressed cousin's suicide? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on Jun 15, 2012 - 20 answers

I don't want to be sad anymore.

How can I battle depression and insomnia (I think they're related, actually) without meds or doctors? [more inside]
posted by bryanthecook on Jan 6, 2012 - 36 answers

What do to when a friend is having a major depressive episode *right now*?

What do to when a friend is having a major depressive episode *right now*? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 - 27 answers

How can I try to help a depressed, possibly borderline, friend who's trying to isolate herself?

My friend is deeply depressed and is trying to cut herself off from me and her other friends. How can I try to help her? Key questions: 1) Any suggestions on how to try to convince her that I genuinely want to stick around and be her friend and it's not just out of obligation, and/or other other ways to respond to her trying to push me away? 2) She's given up on hope of any treatment or improvement-- I think she might be borderline and that DBT could be a good fit for her regardless-- any suggestions of what I could send her about DBT and/or BPD (or anything else) that would have the best chance of getting through to her and giving her hope that things can get better? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Apr 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Stopping suicidal ideation?

If you've been a suffer of depression (especially of multiple instances) and dealt with constant chronic suicidal ideation how did you stop it? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jan 12, 2011 - 29 answers

Help with Brother's Commitment

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. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 - 31 answers

20-year relationhip on the rocks. I'm jobless, friendless, and scared to death.

I feel like a basket case. I'm 47 years old, and I've been in a 20-year same-sex relationship with another man. I felt like it would last forever. For several years, the relationship was sexless; we did all the normal couples things together - cooked, ate, washed dishes, stressed about the bills, laughed, cried, and took care of each other, but there wasn't much physical attraction any more. I've always been somewhat bisexual, and 2 or 3 years ago, I met a woman on match.com who was cute, seemed nice, and was accepting of my situation. We started dating (with the knowledge, and as far as he acted, the acceptance of my partner). At first, the two of them were sort of circling and sniffing, and I was afraid they would hate each other. As time passed, they became really good friends, and eventually they slept together, which was fine with me. (lots more blathering inside) [more inside]
posted by Death by Ugabooga on Dec 21, 2010 - 64 answers

Guidelines for disclosure of depression?

Depression filter: At what point (if any) is it appropriate to share with specific family/friends incidents of depression / suicide ideation in my past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 15 answers

WAKE ME UP!

Everyone has it harder than me. So I should be taking advantage of that, right? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Aug 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts?

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Can you help someone whose depression keeps getting worse?

One of my best friends just tried to kill herself. She has clinical depression, but she got help for it a year or two ago and I thought it was under control. Was that a delusion? Can people suffer from depression that can never be treated or controlled? [more inside]
posted by daelin on Mar 16, 2010 - 17 answers

Long-term suicide watch or invasion of privacy?

My wife struggles with depression and, occasionally, suicidal ideation. But she doesn't communicate well (or nearly at all), so I have no real way of knowing when she's having a crisis rather than just another string of bad days / weeks. Is it ethical to monitor her internet activity without her knowledge so I have some idea of when I need to get serious about intervening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 - 40 answers

Therapy without doctors

I can't do therapy. There must be other people who can't do therapy. What do these people do, when they get together, to fix their problems? What DIY, collaborative options are on the table, and how do I find them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2009 - 32 answers

Bad Not-Quite-Dreams

After many years of chronic depression I have finally achieved a reasonable facsimile of mental health. Except... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2008 - 19 answers

Are these feelings normal, or symptoms of depression?

How do I sort out whether my feelings are due to grief, or depression, and how do I proceed after the suicide of my brother-in-law? [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty on Dec 11, 2008 - 8 answers

I am crazy. Help.

Help me design a multi-pronged approach to dealing with longstanding depression/grief/craziness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2008 - 14 answers

How to I get out of a rocky relationship?

I can't get out of the relationship I'm in with my girlfriend. Normally, it would just end. Parties would walk away and that would be that. But it's just not that easy with her... [more inside]
posted by runflats on Sep 22, 2008 - 27 answers

Grief...depression...both? Now what?

How to deal with long grief leading into depression? I lost my boyfriend last year in a very sudden, very horrifying suicide. (there are links in my post about it last year if you're a trainwreck gaper like i am...) I'm in weekly therapy with a great therapist. I see a great psychiatrist monthly. I am on two antidepressants that don't seem to be doing much for me but I can't really tell, because am I depressed or am I still grieving? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee on Sep 17, 2008 - 27 answers

What's a gifter to do with unwanted gifts?

My wife's battled depression for a while, and though she rallied and had a decent few months, she plunged back into the depths of it for the few weeks around her recent birthday (which seems to happen every year, but this year was the worst yet). She had us cancel any birthday plans, cake, etc -- didn't even want anybody to say "happy birthday". After asking a few times and receiving this same answer, I went along with it; it was her birthday, after all. Her mood has lifted since then, but she still doesn't want her presents -- says to return everything, and shuts down when I bring up the subject. Fine, I can return them, except for one, a custom order meant as a present from our four-year-old (call her "Olivia"): a set of coasters printed with Olivia's scanned artwork. What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by UtterlyDrained on Aug 11, 2008 - 65 answers

Is it right to divorce a depressed spouse?

Is it right to divorce a depressed spouse? [more inside]
posted by UtterlyDrained on Dec 4, 2007 - 60 answers

How does my sister get her suicidal roommate's family to get involved instead of leaving it all on her?

My sister is in med school. Her roommate, "Jane," is unwell in many, many ways. My sister doesn't have time to keep on being the hospital and police liaison and chief ambulance driver for her roommate. How do we get "Jane's" family to step up and take some responsibility? [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench on May 22, 2007 - 40 answers

Mental health and family

Adult sibling with mental health problems living with parent. How to help from afar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Looking for advice & direction in this difficult time

I am 21 and have serious money problems, including a huge debt. The problems are turning into a depression. They affect my ability to commute to work (by car). And now, To top it off, an old friend of mine hung himself 2 days ago. Why? Because of money problems. I dont want to kill myself at all, but I am deeply depressed. Happy Stories, Life Advice, or insight .. all deeply apprecaited. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2006 - 58 answers

Any stories of successfully breaking a depressive cycle?

Any advice -- from experience please -- for breaking a friend's cycle of depression, hospitalization, and attempted suicide? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Nov 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Now what?

Maybe I have a couple problems. The first one probably stems from the second. Insurance won't cover therapy or medication. Is there any place in Baltimore, MD that offers free or very low-cost assistance? Thank you.
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2006 - 9 answers

Thinking about suicide

I keep thinking about suicide. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2006 - 23 answers

C'mon, doesn't everybody do it?

How often do you contemplate suicide? What's your score on the Beck Depression Inventory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2006 - 79 answers

How do I help my depressed son?

Me: "Do you think about hurting yourself?" My son: "Suicide? All the time." Help us please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2006 - 63 answers

Helping a Depressed Friend

Tonight, one of my housemates checked into a safehouse. Unbeknownst to anyone else in the house, he's been cutting himself, and he's suffering from heavy depression/suicidal thoughts, mostly due to school and being away from home.

What can I do to help out? Things to do when he gets home? What would be nice to bring him while he's getting help? For anyone who's been in this situation, what did you find especially helpful/uplifting?
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2005 - 18 answers

Help My Brother

Help save my brother's life. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate on Jul 29, 2004 - 78 answers

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