In Reply to: But surely we can do something posted by Oldtimer on February 27, 2005 at 16:10:45:
Oldtimer, I think your concerns are well-intended and I agree that if there is anything any of us can do, we should help. I would just caution you to be careful about jumping to conclusions. I'm not suggesting you have, but one of your questions comes close to the line. You ask: "Is she still living on the streets even if she's in contact with her family?"
While I can't comment specifically on Mene's situation, I have some experience working with people diagnosed with both a mental disorder(s) and addiction. It is a huge social problem where I live, as there is a fairly large population of such people living on the streets here, and it is a heart-breaking situation, particularly for their families (those that have them).
As another poster said regarding Mene's family, it can be very exhausting for family members trying to help their loved ones so afflicted. It can take a tremendous amount of effort, resources, patience and love trying to help these people, so your suggestion that we try to help Mene's family is a good one.
Please don't misunderstand me, I'm not trying to criticize you, just make you aware that just because a person with such a dual diagnosis is in contact with their family doesn't necessarily mean that the family is able to help them. It is a very complex problem with no easy solutions.