Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Was looking for help

My older brother had a mental health relapse .
Any advice
His medical insurance Supposibly is active October 1st through his work
He has horrible delusions and ocd
He hasn’t taken medication in about 10 years
But lately he’s been with his friends hitting meth and his mental health declined significantly
He’s 33
Is their anyway to get him help without his consent?
Or what’s the best way to go about this
Especially in the midst of this pandemic
Any help or guidance would be tremendously appreciated!
We live in the Los Angeles California area…
My family and I are extremely concerned about him .
He hasn’t even seen a psychologist in 10years

By the way any success getting your loved one an apartment for themselves as my parents are burned out !
What kind of routine or important things could you share to a family who has no idea where to start

Hi , and sorry for your worries . I would definitely start by calling NAMI helpline for advise . They can guide you in the right way .

Alot of doctors are doing telemedicine. Maybe see about a rehab treatment for him? Then they can treat both his mental health issues and substance abuse. Involuntary hospitalization is usually just 3 days which isn’t a lot of time to get stable. Hospitals seem to want to quickly discharge patients( I don’t agree with that)!

NAMI is a good place to start for guidance in your local area. Partnering with your family member will be more successful than ultimatums. Best of luck to you.

Here are some local resources:

ACCESS-LA County Helpline
Department of Mental Health’s Emergency & Non-Emergency Helpline, available 24 hours / 7 days a week. Provides linkages to consumers to mental health services in the community & resources to consumers in crisis.

Project Return Warm Line
1-888-448-4055 (Spanish)

M - F, 5pm - 10pm & Sat, 11am - 4pm

Los Angeles County’s first after-hours telephone line for individuals with mental health challenges and staffed entirely by peers with lived experience. They also provide referrals to services or organizations that are of interest, such as healthcare facilities, family planning agencies, shelters, self-help and support groups, and much more.

LA Warmline
1-855-952-WARM (1-855-952-9276)

10pm - 6am

A confidential overnight telephone support service in English & Spanish for anyone in Southern California who is struggling with loneliness, anxiety, substance use, mental health concerns, or needs information about available mental health services.

Addiction Resource Rehab Helpline
Treatment specialists help you find the best drug and alcohol rehab centers and programs! This is a free, national, 24/7 confidential helpline.

Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-846-8517 (TTY for Deaf / Hard of Hearing)
A free, confidential, 24/7 helpline and text service that provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress (stress, anxiety, depression-like symptoms) related to natural or human-caused disasters. This service is available to all residents in the U.S. and its territories.