I have plenty of problems of my own right now, trying to maintain stability with my mental health.
However, I have a friend who is struggling even more than me. She's just phoned me in really distressed tears because she's self harmed (cut badly) in a public place (a park). I'm at a loss. I've finally got her to call the crisis team so they can get her an ambulance, but I know she doesn't really want to do it. She's going to call me back as soon as she's finished on the phone to crisis. I"m so worried about her and I wish I could do more than just be on the end of the phone. I suggested I go to meet her and take her to the hospital in a taxi, but she got distressed and said she didn't want me to do that. I feel so helpless. She keeps saying she's 'stupid' so I've told her that that's not the case - it's just the emotions that got too much. She told me early morning that she was struggling with self harm urges and I suggested a few things, including going for a brisk walk to get away from temptation. Unfortunately, it seems she did go for the walk but took a blade or something with her.
I'm sick of feeling so helpless. All I can do is be here and talk and listen. But it doesn't feel like enough. I hate this.
When I feel I can't endure, I remind myself that my record for getting through bad days so far is 100%, and that's pretty good.