Post Edited By Moderator (ShynSassy) : 6/29/2008 4:53:42 AM (GMT-6)
I admire your standing by your friend. Erika needs help and you recognize that but sadly she is probably not going to go alone or even with just you.
Get a teacher, parent, or another adult to come help.You won't be snitching; you'll be advocating for your friend. How about her relatives, siblings, Aunts or Uncles?
Is she 18 year old now? If she is you could call your county social services to report her as a vulnerable adult.
A vulnerable adult is defined as: - 'a person aged 18 years or over, who is in receipt of or may be in need of community care services by reason of 'mental or other disability, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation'.
From what you have described she fits the criteria as she has no home, income, and is using drugs which makes her vulnerable to predators. She also appears to have a mental health disorder.
I would first try working with her and really trying to get her to seek help voluntarily. You will have to be strong and know that what you are doing may save a life.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*