I get variants of this question all the time: My friend with mental illness stopped talking to me, what do I do? It is both incredibly sad and very heartening question to get asked all the time. It's incredibly sad because it means there are so many people with mental illness refusing to talk to people who care so much about them. The heartbreak when this happens is very, very real. On the other hand, it's heartening in some ways because it means that these loved ones want to reach out anyway
. These people asking me this question clearly care and are showing empathy to the person with mental illness and want to help. That's a beautiful thing. So today I'm going to try to answer the question: Why would a person with mental illness stop talking to you?