Your concerns are valid. The recent changes in her life are likely contributing to her instability. Not being a mental health professional limits your ability to help her. Not being physically close to her also limits how you can help, but there are several things to try.
First, contact her family about your concerns. She believes that her family is “verbally refuting” her but that might not be true. Her mental instability is likely impacting her judgment. Her family needs to know about her suicidal behavior. Given their proximity, they are in the best position to help her. They can call for emergency assistance, if necessary.
Secondly, encourage her to seek professional help. Both a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist could assist her in treating her symptoms. The psychotherapist can provide counseling and the psychiatrist can prescribe medication.
Finally, if she threatens suicide or even alludes to the possibility, suggest emergency assistance. She can go to the hospital or call 911. If she refuses, then call for emergency help or alert her family immediately. Threats of suicide need to be taken seriously and treated as an emergency.
Remain supportive, keep alert, share your concerns with her family, encourage her to seek help and call emergency services if she threatens suicide. Those are five concrete ways to help your friend. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle