I get emails and messages now and then from people asking what to do about their mentally ill loved one. These people are in the unenviable position of watching someone they love be sick. And the unfortunate thing about mental illness is that when you confront it, it doesn't like it very much. You are trying to tell someone that their brain is sick and expecting their sick brain to comprehend and agree with that.
It's kind of a tall order.
And the thoughts I have on the matter don't really make the issue sparkle either. Because let's face it, the person either listens to you or they don't, and really, they have the right to do either one. Here's a bit of reality on convincing a loved one to get help for a mental illness.
And for the record, even if you don't immediately succeed, many of us first hear about our mental illness from a friend, but sometimes that takes a while to sink in.