What can you do if you suspect someone might have a mental illness?

can i doIf you suspect someone might have a mental illness, here are some things you can do:

First, if they have shared with you that they are suicidal, do not take this lightly.  You can contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Their number is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) You may want to encourage them to call this number. You also have the option of calling 911.

If you suspect someone is a threat to themselves or others, you should call 911 or if you are a family member, you can go to the magistrate’s office and usually someone will come to your house and possibly get them admitted to the hospital.

You can also bring the person to a psychiatric hospital or the ER.  This may be tricky if the person is in denial or violent.

Having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Although there is a stigma, please do not let this prevent you from getting help.

If you don’t think that the problem is urgent, you have other options.  NAMI is a great place to start. They offer free support groups among information that can help you.  Another resource is Mental Health Today. They have a list of phone numbers you can call for information on various types of mental illness.

If you are trying to figure out what might be wrong with the person, you may want to read Wikipedia, Psych Central , About.com or  WebMD.  There are numerous other sites that are very informative and you can use google to find them.  There are also numerous forums and support groups online.  Psych Forums is just one of those. Sometimes, it is better to search under the specific mental illness they have.

The most important thing is that you do something! Please do not wait until the person you suspect has a mental illness hurts themselves or others. 

About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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2 Responses to What can you do if you suspect someone might have a mental illness?

  1. Gary Richter Sr says:

    Hi Michelle.
    My name is Gary .
    my wife tried to commit suicide and also tried with my 11yr old son.
    I never seen this coming , she has been a awesome mother of our other four older children. She is still in jail on them charges . Lately she has been self inflicted bruises on her hands and once on her face .
    She is on two medications, but I think they need adjustments but the lack of help in jail is really hurting. Feel free to email me if you have any suggestions that could help .

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