Remember, those who are suffering with mental illness may not tell you what is going on with them.
When my son was going through an intense depression that resulted in a loss of reality, this is what happened:
Keeping true to Matthew’s ability to bury his emotions and thoughts deep inside, he was consumed with stress, anxiety, unsafe thoughts, and acute feelings of detachment, yet he said, “I’m fine.” He experienced an intense emotional overload that threatened to overwhelm him, and we didn’t even know.
“Death is the only thing I think about nowadays. Daily frustrations and then there is suicide. Happiness and then there is suicide. Suicide, suicide, suicide.”--Matthew’s journals
It took a long time to connect with him and know how to talk to him about how he was feeling, but it was worth it in the end.