I'm really worried about my sister. She's 17 and she just got out of a relationship where she thought that she was in love with her boyfriend and he dumped her. Now she's suicidal. She's an ecstasy addict and bipolar. Today, I found out that last night she attempted to overdose and she won't tell me on what. I want to tell my parents, but she said that if they find out she'll kill me and I think she means it. Now, I'm scared for her and I feel like the next time I see her she could be dead. I don't know what to do, because either way someone could die. What should I do?
Your sister has put you in a very difficult situation by threatening you to keep quiet about her attempted overdose. It is completely unfair and you should follow your conscience and let your parents know what has been happening. When you talk to your parent about your sister’s difficulty make sure that you let them know that you are afraid of how she will react once she finds out. They can take this issue into consideration when they talk to your sister. Remember you sister is not thinking correctly right now and you are trying to get her help. In time she will recognize your concern and effort were based on the best of intentions.
Even though you might be afraid of how she’ll react getting your sister help is the proper thing to do. If she is bipolar and addicted to Ecstasy, her moods are going to be very unstable and there is no telling what she may do. Ecstasy depletes levels of serotonin in your brain and is a neurotransmitter closely involved in mood regulation. Due to her psychiatric condition and abuse of Ecstasy, she presents as a significant risk to herself and others and needs to be evaluated as soon as possible. Your parents are going to need to take her to a psychiatrist or a hospital to be screened as soon as possible.
If the situation gets out of hand your parents can call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. In northern New Jersey you can also call the crisis hotline from Atlantic Health at 973-540-0100. Outside this area call the Suicide & Crisis Hotline, 1-800-999-9999, 24 hours, 7 days a week