DEAR ABBY: I had to write after reading the letter from "No Name, City or State," the 17-year-old boy who was scared because when he tries to break up with his girlfriend, she cuts herself.
Several years ago, my teenage daughter had a slumber party. "Lynn," one of my daughter's friends, was one of the guests. During the night, Lynn began cutting herself and tried to attack another girl with a broken mirror. My daughter woke me, and I called the sheriff's department. They came and took Lynn to a hospital.
We didn't see her for two years, but six months ago Lynn dropped by our home. She hugged us and started to cry. She said, "Thank you so much for caring enough to DO something. I see now that I was crying for help." Lynn is still in therapy and under treatment for depression.
Abby, that young man should not hesitate to do whatever needs to be done to get his girlfriend the help she needs. -- A MOM IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
DEAR MOM: The young man has already taken a giant step in the right direction. He has defined the problem and asked an adult (me) what to do about it.
Your experience clearly illustrates the benefit of taking immediate action and getting a person who is a threat to herself and others into the medical system.