How do I help my depressed, unemployed mother
My mother has been really depressed for several years now. It has so fully engulfed her that she hasn't worked in the past 2 years. She sleeps a lot. She's angry all the time and takes it out on my grandmother (whom she lives with). I want her to understand that it's important to seek out some help in order to get things back on track, but she thinks it's just a case of the blues that she is going to snap out of. Recently she told me that she was going to kill herself--later she played it off like she was "kidding." I think that this is serious, and not something that she's going to "snap out of it." She is unemployed and I am a student, so we don't have the money to hire a therapist. I don't even know how to get her to speak with anyone. What should I do to help her?
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