That is fair enough, Alanzo. I agree with that point. I do very little one-to-one work these days. My entry-level application at www.yawnmachine.com
carries this (and a bit more) on the front page in red:
My applications are intended for average people, not those with severe mental problems, and I do not pretend to have professional qualifications in the mental health field. If someone came to me with severe depression, I would not want to get involved professionally. I would simply say that I was not qualified to personally help them on an individual basis. I would also say that it was possible they might get some help from one or more of my online applications, but it would be at their own risk. I did have someone contact me a year ago like this wanting to get some sessions from me, in response to an ad I had up at the time, and that was exactly what I told him.
I should probably upgrade the disclaimers and warnings on my sites.
To answer your questions specifically, by the numbers:
2. As detailed above.
3. That's a tricky one. Yes to spotting the symptoms--that's obvious. "See to it that those with the training and resources to handle such are contacted." "Handle such" is open to much debate. "Address such" is easy, starting with one's local doctor, who will refer to specialists as needed who will prescribe drugs or whatever. "See to it" implies ensuring it will happen, like doing it oneself or having one's assistant (hah!) do it. If some stranger contacts me and says they are feeling very depressed and have been for a while and can I help them, after declining to be involved on an individual basis professionally I am not going to take on some kind of civic duty to care for this person more than a short conversation and maybe a phone call or two. Would I call a local "Mental Health Hotline" and say that Joe Smith at such-and-such a phone number or address, that I wouldn't necessarily even know without digging for it, could use their help, without the individual concerned even knowing about it? Probably not, unless it was so dangerous-sounding that I would consider calling the police about it.
Would I do so with their permission? I had never thought about it before. Looking at it now....crap, I don't know. The uncertainty comes from not knowing how the person would be treated, if they would be better off or not. It is not black and white.