Post # 1
Help! I have a friend all the way across the country who is having an episode. I’m no psychologist, but she seems manic. How do I get her help? She is not picking up her phone.
Do I call the non-emergency police line in her area? What do I even ask for?
I am worried about her.
Post # 3
Does she have a psychiatrist or therapist she routinely sees? Contacting them could be a good start.
What’s going on that she appears manic? Is she at risk of hurting herself or someone else? Or is she talking about suicide?
If there is a risk of danger to anyone, non-emergency could be a good option. Though a doctor or therapist she always has a relationship with is the best starting place if that’s possible.
Post # 4
What has caused you to think that your friend is having a manic episode?
I think that you should call the non-emergency police line in her town. Tell them that you’re worried about her, that she’s not answering her phone, and that you’d like someone to go check on her.
Better to be safe than sorry.
Sorry that you and your friend are going through this 🙁
Post # 5
Does your friend have a history of having bipolar disorder, manic episodes or other psychiatric disturbances? Do you think she’s in danger to herself or others? (For example, there are some people who experience mania and buy a ton of really expensive purchases – houses, boats, vehicles, etc. but they aren’t actually going to hurt themselves). Does your friend have family in the area (or even elsewhere) that you could call?
Post # 6
She isn’t bipolar, but I am and I recognize it. She has been talking a mile a minute, trying to sue her employer for no reason, calling at 3am, got in a hit and run (as a pedestrian) which suspiciously seems like she caused, considered having sex with a guy she doesn’t even like and who is in a relationship. She thinks people are stalking her, she told me to call every 24 hours to make sure someone didn’t kidnap and kill her… It’s awful.
She has a therapist but that doesn’t seem to be helping. I mean, this is the last 4 days and it’s been HORRIBLE. She left a voicemail with my Maid/Matron of Honor that freaked her out so much she called me in the same panic that I come to you in.
I don’t know the name of her therapist, and she literally lives across the country. Can I call the police on her? What do I even say?
Post # 7
The think i’m most worried about is the hit-and-run. She didn’t say she caused it, and said “I’m fine” but it seems like she caused it. I have no proof of anything. 🙁
Post # 8
I agree with @MsGolightly: I hope that your friend is okay
Post # 9
Sorry you’re going through this. You can call non emergency and ask for a “well check” and that your concerned due to psych issues, and you have been unable to gain contact with her. If there isn’t any safety issues they will not do anything, but if she is acting psychotic or there are any concerns regarding suicidality or homicidality they will take her to the hospital for an evaluation.
Post # 10
Hmm….well for the immediate, it’s okay to call the non-emergency police. You could say that she’s been talking about engaging in unsafe behaviors, and you’re concerned about her ability to keep herself safe.
When I was in college, I volunteered on a suicide/crisis line, and we were able to set up “wellness checks” with the local police department. Those are non-emergency checks on someone, so the police would visit, though it wouldn’t be right away or immediate. It may be a good option, and if they see a serious need, they could potentially hospitalize her for a period of time.
For future, as you may know, it may be helpful to have her see a therapist and a psychiatrist. For people with serious psychiatric diagnoses, medication often makes therapy much more successful. But that’s all for the future…and now it sounds like more immediate action is good.
Post # 11
Thanks. I called and they are doing a wellness checkand will call me with the results.
I hope she’s ok! They couldn’t give me any info on the hit and run and said hospitals wouldn’t give me that info either, so this was the best they could do. Thanks for your support.
Post # 12
@ellabee: So sorry you are going through this! It suxs when our friends are going through a rough time and we are helpless to do anything. I’m glad someone is checking in on her. I hope she has gotten the help she needs.