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Should I take advice from my Suicidal Depressed friend? - August 5th 2016, 03:06 AM

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He's Trying to help me with this Depression which I don't thinks he's helpful because he can't accept he stole my bestfriend he Has Been so Depressed He tried to jump off a bridge got locked up in a Mental Hospital and Still had suicidal thoughts after that even if he's taking Alot of antidepressants Should it take his advice? I've known him for 3 years and the first 2 He's been this happy energetic funny friend I'm still his friend no matter what but I'm afraid he might make me feel worse
   
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Re: Should I take advice from my Suicidal Depressed friend? - August 5th 2016, 08:14 AM

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If you ask me, people going through depression really want to help and may know a thing or two about it. Yet sometimes, it greatly depends on the person and how that help is received. If you think that his help might hinder you, trust yourself. It's okay to refuse help when you think it might not be right for you. He may be well meaning, but you know you best. If you feel like this won't be right for you, then trust yourself and your intuition and make the decision based on that. He will always be your friend, no matter how you decide you'd like to respond to his wanting to help you with depression.

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Re: Should I take advice from my Suicidal Depressed friend? - August 5th 2016, 12:02 PM

It might help with answers if we knew what your friend's advice to you was.



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Re: Should I take advice from my Suicidal Depressed friend? - August 5th 2016, 02:26 PM

That depends. If you feel his help is actually helping you, then theres no reason not to accept it, but if it makes you feel worse, then you don't have to take his help.
I had a friend like that to and sometimes he was the greatest person in the world for me, since he gave really helpfull advice and just understood me, but other times he draged me down to the point that I ignored his messages for days. And everything turned out fine for the both of us. So whatever you do, just listen to what feels right for you at that moment and everything will be alright


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Re: Should I take advice from my Suicidal Depressed friend? - August 5th 2016, 04:38 PM

It is possible to give sound advice even if you yourself is depressed or mentally unwell. That said I read somewhere that you should only take advice from those who are where you want to be. It makes sense because naturally we want someone who has been successful at something and then giving advice based on reflecting. It can be more practical. However sometimes people who are successful are not good at giving advice and sometimes people who lived with mental illness can give excellent advice and support. It all depends and goes both ways. I wouldn't discount someone just for that.

That said, it sounds to me that you find his advice unhelpful. I agree that it would make things easier to have an example of his advice. You are also under no obligation to follow all his advice. You can pick out shat you find resonates with you.

If you're looking for advice, you can get a second opinion on what you're going through by posting here. You can also reach out to a trusted adult in your life such as a teacher, parent, friend's parent or even a counselor
   
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