My sister in law is an unmedicated schizophrenic. She lives with my brother and my elementary-aged nephew. This has been a 5-year-journey so far, so I will try to summarize.
She has been hospitalized involuntarily twice, both lasted around 2 weeks, and she was released no better than she had been prior to the hospitalization. She has been involved with law enforcement numerous times. The most recent incident we were told that the prosecutors would seek court-ordered treatment, but they only asked for probation (these were firearms-related charges by the way).
I do not know their day-to-day lives as I live several states away, but I do know there has been violence in the past, and suspect it occurs fairly regularly - perhaps not physical attacks, but throwing objects, punching holes in walls, etc. She has on several occasions talked about being the kind of person who could carry out a mass shooting, and has at least once talked about hearing voices that told her to harm her child.
I am extremely concerned and don’t know what to do to help them. My brother feels he is out of options, as none of the avenues he has pursued to help her have resulted in any meaningful help. He says he would move out/separate if things got bad enough, but I feel that it passed that point long ago. I fear he is too far submerged in the situation to be able to see it rationally.
Is there anything I can do to help my brother/nephew? Are there any resources I can offer my brother to help him help my SIL? Are there any ideas to help my brother see that he is in a situation he needs to get himself and his son out of?
I feel like every day my loved ones are marching closer to a tragedy and I am powerless to stop it.