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jennyjoan | 01:29 Sat 22nd Jan 2022 | Body & Soul
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I am tossing and turning from around 10.30 - am very concerned about a relative - and am just realising she/he is definitely not well. There is so much going on.

Naturally enough I don't want to give personal information but this person needs help but lives alone.

I'm not close enough to the person but because of the Covid scenario - is there mental illness help out there. I know people will say - call the GP but sure isn't that a face to face call and this person doesn't have a mobile phone or realises she/he is mentally ill.

At first over the years I put it down to the usual ADHD, Autism, Aspergers (Autism) I do think the person has had but now with so much happening in person's life - I am realising tonight the person is really ill.

Is there any medical help in Belfast at all. Thanks for any replies.

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Wow, sounds like your worried about this person jj. Hope someone with knowledge of Belfast responds to you.
Belfast Samaritans might know about relevant support services:
https://www.samaritans.org/branches/belfast/
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yes Tony Av - I am - the person has been a cheeky *** in his day and most of his relatives have been very good to him, but over this Christmas - he has been strange.

Just found tonight that after one brother called and he is lying in the most dreadful conditions. My sister and I have bought him pretty much everything, bed clothes, (no sign of them), microwave, food, electricity, gas, heat, and most of all food and there is nothing there. Unfortunately I had a row with him about 3 weeks ago as he sent a cheeky text to sister who has been actually superb with him and (she didn't know) at the time - but I faced up to him about his cheekiness to her. She didn't deserve that.

Tony - there is far too much other stuff - incredible.

But tonight even tho he was cheeky to me of course I forgive him - he is NOT WELL

Know from the above posts - he is a he.
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Chris - the other siblings are turning a different cheek and don't want to go there,

But when I get the chance I am going to mention that he is definitely mentally unwell.
A great link from Chris, jj worth giving them a call I recon.
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I phoned the Samaritans about 3 times in my life but find they are just "listeners" and really can't provide "constructive answers".

It's basically what you have to do for yourself really.
Belfast Social Services might be able to point you in the right direction: 028 9063 4891.

Jj. Take the advice/ telephone number from Chris. Your relative is lucky to have family who will help him .
JJ you sound so worried. How old is this person? X
a GP even if it's a telephone consult should be able to help, perhaps put you in touch with a local crises team, if there is such a thing where you live, i would definitely give the GP a ring first and ask them if there is a crises team available. THey deal with mental health problems and in my case were invaluable.

Lifeline is a crisis response helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people in Northern Ireland. It offers immediate help over the telephone if you, or someone you know, is in distress or despair. telephone: 0808 808 8000
He doesn't need a smartphone for a telephone consult with the GP - the landline will do.
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thank you for taking the time to provide me with links and phone numbers.

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