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Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.
If your daughter is currently feeling suicidal, you can take your daughter for an evaluation at the hospital to see if she is willing to be admitted. If not, in order to be committed to the hospital your daughter has to express suicidal feelings and have a plan on how she would hurt herself. The person who hears her express this plan must be the one who goes to the hospital with her and signs the papers. In other words, it cannot be someone who was told that your daughter wants to hurt herself, it has to be whomever heard it first hand.
Once she is discharged from the hospital, the social worker should provide appointments for her to follow up with. Any additional services can be arranged with the social worker.
You can also suggest your daughter see a therapist if she is not already doing so. This would help her work on her problems and give her someone to turn to. She can find a therapist through the local community mental health center. They can also provide her with a case manager who could come to her home and monitor her living situation. They can also be sure she has enough food and is following through with her medications and appointments. They cannot force her to do any of these things but they can try to be there for her.
To start services with a therapist and case manager, contact the local United Way or the mental health department in your city for a referral.
Although you can provide all of these services for your daughter, ultimately she must want to follow through. Unless she is a danger to herself or someone else, she has the option by law to refuse treatment. That is a very difficult thing to cope with when you are a caring family member watching her be destructive and not helping herself. If you have not already, you may want to contact NAMI- the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for assistance on how you can find help for yourself and for your daughter. They also can help protect her rights and provide valuable information on resources you may want. Here is a link:
I hope this has helped you,Kate