My cousin's son was put on a hold a few weeks ago. It took several incidents with the police, the courts and the mental health system in AZ to get him there. One of the highlights of his suicidality and mania was carrying an automatic rifle on his back through a crowded Phoenix mall. I just talked to my mom, and it seems nothing took. He is not in treatment, and his dad let him come back home in spite of a prior restraining order. My cousin has been sick for many years with chronic pain and migraines, and doesnt seem to be able to cope. He knows where the resources are, but just cant seem to get there. I know alot of you fellow beepers and loved ones know EXACTLY what I am talking about. I am sad, but unless my cousin asks for more help, I know there is nothing I can do for any of them. Even if you love a beeper and are not one yourself, you still have to want the same help offered to the beeper. Sigh. This is what years of undiagnosed, untreated trauma and mental health issues have brought to my family. For me, that is the most painful part of all. I got the help I needed and did not pass this along to my son. No one else did, and this is the terrible price being paid by my cousins and their children.
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