14 years ago, this past May, he made his first and most serious attempt...the one I referred to above.
He made me a promise then, and actually signed his name to that promise, that he would tell someone with the words, "I need to go to the hospital" or "I might need to go to the hospital soon." It's how I and my mother know. He won't ask for specific help there, so he says those words.
However, he's also made other statements that know one would know, etc.
I have to stand on this...he's kept his promise all these years though difficult for him to do so. Three other times he's called me and said, "I need to go to the hospital" and he has. They always immediately admit him due to history...last time was for weeks, not the 72 hour hold...
I have to trust him now as well...
Also, he's been less suicidal since his boy's been born, so I will continue to discuss his boy with him as I need to.
Right now it's watch and see.
I appreciate the care.