If you have a mentally ill relative (or a sane one for that matter) and they start talking about suicide, call 911 and have them put on an involuntary 72 hold at psych facility. If they threaten it 28 different times, have them put on an involuntary hold 28 times. Because you never know when the darkness is going to creep in enough they actually follow through. My mentally ill uncle committed suicide this evening. He was off his meds and not well. I didn't see him over Christmas but apparently several people heard him talking about it and nobody did anything and didn't mention it to anyone in the family who wasn't there that day. Nobody wanted to be the one to make the call this time. And now he's gone. Its just so sad that no one wanted to get their hands dirty. Everyone wanted him to go back to being who he was before the late onset schizophrenia set it so they looked the other way thinking he would go back on his meds on his own and pull it together, but he was too far down the rabbit hole to get out on his own. Sadly it can be summed up with this poem....
This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done