I have a cousin by marriage — we’ll call her Mary for the sake of this post, not her real name. She has lots of health issues, though the most dire one is bipolar disorder. It keeps her from holding down any sort of job. She’s married to a guy who has troubles of his own, and is often on disability. Family members say he’s amazingly lazy; I only met him once, at their wedding, so I can’t say. But they definitely have trouble making the rent AND eating.
I suggested she put up a web page (another relative, who runs a small ISP, will host one for free), explain the situation, and put up a Paypal donate button. I, and I suspect many of her friends, would be glad to sign up for small Paypal subscriptions. I got no response. Perhaps she’s having a “down” episode.
I want to help Mary help herself, but I don’t know how. She does fantastic things when she’s “up”, and struggles mightily when she’s “down”. She does take meds, but they don’t seem to help much.
So I ask you, readers of this fine blog, for suggestions.