Looking for some input and advice. We have a friend that is a single mom that for the last year and a half has been having issues with letting situations go. This has gotten to the point she has taken prescription meds that were not hers and was arrested for DUI as a result. She has issues with her son's dad and the school her son attends. The son is 8 years old and the parents were never married. For over a year now the underlying theme has been I want to die. Her anger towards those around her has grown to a point where all she does is scream. We no longer live in the area and deal with this via phone. Social services has been called by the school because her son has taken a down ward turn and told the teacher all his mom does is cry. I know she has started drinking heavily on a daily basis. She was forced by the judge and her employer, which is the county, to have an evaluation performed. Social services came into the home and evaluated things. The son told the case worker everything was fine. Last night I heard about half the conversation where the theme was "I want to die". In the house lives her 22 year old daughter so I contacted her to learn more. The situation is worse than what I thought. I know the friend is a drama queen, but part of me feels she is very near the edge. We are at the point we fear for the 8 year old. His father has only recently started acting like a father. This has added to the problem with the mom's outburst etc. We are concerned that if we contact the police the mom could be arrested, which means the son could end up temporarily in foster care, b) she will more than likely lose her job and c) that means she loses her house. My questions from all this rambling are: 1) Is there any way I can involve law enforcement and her not be arrested? 2) If law enforcement is involved will the son be placed in foster care until it is resolved or can the half sister continue to care for him or will he be placed with his father? For this last question please remove the badge and think other than as a Law Enforcement Officer. 3) Knowing the situation placed in front of you, what would you do? The location is Wisconsin if that matters. I have tried the hard line approach of "if you are going to attempt suicide, make sure you get it right the first time." I watched, figuratively, my niece attempt it several times until she got it right. That screwed my nephew up beyond belief. We have tried talking very frankly with our friend and it is not getting through. My wife and I are not sure what to do. Any suggestions and points of view are greatly appreciated. Thanks for letting an non LEO post here.