Hello, I am trying to deal with something that has made my severe depression even worse, and I was wondering if anyone might have any information about the official guidelines of being a "mandatory reporter". I am dealing with deep depression, and finally reached out to a friend, who I knew had dealt with mental health issues many years ago. Due to my depression, I had not been in touch with her in many years, and upon calling her, I found out she is in the process of getting her masters in counseling. We talked a long time, and she cried with me and said she wanted to do whatever possible to help me. She gave me hope and wanted to make sure that I kept in close touch, so that I wasn't alone in this. It was a wonderful call, and for the first time I felt like someone understood. The next day I got an email from her referring to the fact that she was a mandatory reporter, and that she had called the mental health agency in my county, who would be calling me. Her note went on to say that I was never to contact her again, and that she could do nothing more to help me. I was absolutely devastated by the email -- it was the opposite of everything she had told me during our call, when she said she wanted to be there for me and help me make it through. It was a cold, unemotional email, void of any trace of friendship or concern. It has definitely affected me emotionally. I later found out that she also called my husband (we are separated), whom she said she would not call. She told him that I called her, as well as the details about the call. She also told him that she called the mental health agency because she was a mandatory reporter, and that she emailed me to tell me I could not contact her again because, given she was a 'counselor' and had to call to report the issue, she was not allowed to remain my friend, or remain in contact with me, or help me in ANY capacity -- not even as a friend. She told my husband that she had talked with either her own counselor, or a superior in her masters training, and they were the one who instructed her to do the mandatory reporting. She also seemed to be saying that the rule is that since she now has this "official" capacity, she can no longer maintain contact with me or continue her friendship with me. She essentially said that since she is a counselor, and she knows about my depression, etc., she is not allowed, under the guidelines, to remain friends with me. All contact is to be discontinued between us. I completely understand that to abide by the law, she felt she had to abide by the mandatory reporting rule. But I don't understand all of the rest. Is it true that she is also mandated to no longer have any contact with me as a friend because she is now a counselor and/or now has this official capacity? None of this makes any sense to me, and has been heartbreaking. I would just appreciate it so much, if someone might know what the official guidelines are (obtaining to the counselor-friend portion of the situation), if you might be able to share them with me. Another question I have is, if she was acting in an official capacity by contacting the mental health agency in my county, wasn't she misusing her official capacity in calling my husband and telling him all about our phone call? If she says she can not be both a mandatory reporter and my friend, then how was she able to call my husband under the "friend" capacity? If she says she can only act under the official capacity of being a mandatory reporter, isn't she abusing that official capacity by divulging the contents of our conversation to him? Isn't there even something in the HIPAA regulations that prevent this? ESPECIALLY if she claims that she can only operate as an official counselor-in-training with mandatory reporting responsibility, and no longer as a friend? My husband is a very loving person, and it is not that I don't want him to know things, because I want him to know everything, but I feel such an utter breech of trust in what she did. Especially now, when I feel so vulnerable in this world, and have had such a hard time trusting anyone. Thank you so much for your time, and for any thoughts you might have. It means more to me than I can say.