This past weekend, I had a most traumatic experience with a friend of mine from College. He is mentally unstable after a series of unfortunate events (like Lemony Snicket). After having his heart broken by a girl he was totally in love with, he attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a building. He didn’t die but severely damaged his cranium which apparently didn’t heal properly, thus contributing to his dillusional state of mind. Shortly after this experience, he became a Christian … a fanatical one though. We all continued to try to be his friend however, he has not gotten to the point of complete dillusion, denial and erratic behaviour. He refuses to go to the hospital, refuses to take his medication and is behaving in a manner that has me very concerned for his life and his mother’s. I personally believe that his mother has contributed somewhat to the deterioration of his condition and I wonder how can a mother sit by and watch her own flesh and blood become helpless, almost a non-entity. I also managed to make contact with some other mutual friends who said that they hadn’t spoken to him in over 3 months because his conversations were incoherent and he just refused to admit or accept that he had a problem. I truly would like to offer some help but am not willing to put my life and the people I love in danger. I had to block his number from calling me as he was calling me every 5 minutes and at odd hours in the morning, saying things I just didn’t understand and didn’t know how to respond to.
Does anyone have any advice to offer??? I want to help at least at a distance.