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How Do You Help Your Loved Ones Living With A Mental Illness?




Andrew Toles #60 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores a run in the third inning on a hit by Corey Seager #5 against the Chicago Cubs in game three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Andrew Toles #60 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores a run in the third inning on a hit by Corey Seager #5 against the Chicago Cubs in game three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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Former Dodgers player Andrew Toles was arrested in Florida a couple weeks ago after police found him sleeping behind an airport, the L.A. Times reports.

According to Toles’ sister and a USA Today piece, Toles, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, has been in and out of numerous mental health facilities and is now homeless. 

Morgan Toles, his sister, is now expressing the family’s relief to see her brother alive. She says the former player is in desperate need of help and that the family is attempting to gain legal guardianship of Toles, but that requires Toles’ consent. She questioned, how do you help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? It’s a problem many families struggle with, and during times of COVID-19 it may be even more of a challenge.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll discuss the issue with a psychiatry expert.  Do you have questions or would you like to share your experience? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Steven Siegel, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine of USC