Friend in Psychiatric Intensive Care
A friend of mine was admitted to a Psychiatric unit at the hospital this weekend. A family member of hers emailed me to tell me that she'd been admitted for depression and possibly some other things but that she'd be evaluated over the next week or so. They wanted to tell me because I am a close friend and they would like me to help with her recovery.
This is a long standing friendship, we've know each other for about 10 years, and meet regularly about once a month for lunch, walks, museums, etc. We also travel together and email weekly.
I don't know the circumstances of the hospital admission, whether she wanted to go or if it was against her will. I don't know if she attempted to harm herself or somebody else. So I don't know her state of mind. But it had to be serious for her to be admitted, I think.
In any event, after receiving the initial email from the family member I emailed back. The family member printed out the email and showed it my friend. I wasn't expecting that but it was okay. I wrote another email saying I was thinking about her, sending my love, and would be available whenever she felt up to company whether that was in weeks or months. The family member showed that to her too and wrote back saying she seemed glad to hear from me.
I imagine the family is grappling with doctors, diagnoses, treatment options, etc. I'm staying on the sidelines and/or following their lead. But I think after my friend is home in a few weeks I may be able to be helpful
Do any of you have experience with this sort of thing? If so, what kind of actions would you have appreciated? I think I'm most worried about saying the wrong thing and upsetting her.