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Originally Posted by texaspeach
I don't want her to think that hurting herself is a good way to get attention, but I don't want to turn my back on her.
Originally Posted by lorijds
At our hospital, if someone comes in with a suicide attempt, the social worker gets involved. Now, the hospital can't give you any information; but you don't need to GET information, you need to GIVE it.
Here is what I suggest. Call and ask to speak to a social worker at the hospital. Tell them your niece's name, date of birth, and when and why she was treated. Tell them her current situation and your concerns. Even if they can't acknowledge that they even know what you are talking about, they sure can take the information that you are providing and follow up on it. Ask them if, in general terms, they follow up with outpatients (then they can say something like, "We can't comment on a specific case, but yes we do follow up on all people we screen." Ask if they have any suggestions for you, as far as community resources for your niece and her family.
Each hospital has it's social work department set up differently; they all provide different services. Hopefully yours is pretty comprehensive and will be involved with your niece even if she isn't an inpatient.