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A Friend in Need - October 8th 2017, 02:32 AM

Hello,

This has just happened recently to one of my friends.

This year is the HSC year for me and my friends and times have obviously gotten stressful. One friend in particular has been overly depressed in general because of events that have recently happened, and events that have happened over his lifetime. His father has died recently, his girlfriend last month broke up with him and still hangs around with us, bringing up bad memories for the both of them, and his family is dysfunctional, with his brother threatening them with a knife over taking away his phone, etc.

I have been there for him in his time of need but the problem is getting worse and I thought asking here for some advice would help since he does not want any outside help. Although I have been supporting him, messages about suicide have come up, with "i'm not suicidal, don't worry" after them, messages about cutting himself come up, but I have not confirmed it.

I am ultimately just looking for some guidance on this issue, my support for him is strong but this problem is getting out of hand. With his unwillingness to get help from a helpline, what can I do to help? Its gotten to the point where I cannot think of what to say in the texts he sends me.

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Re: A Friend in Need - October 8th 2017, 02:53 AM

Garfy, there's no easy fix to that scenario. - A hot fix (quick fix) is needed, get him away from those people if it is possible - You must try your best to remove him from the people around him, and put him in a safer place where he can have time to Cope & Deal with the stresses of losing loved ones and the pressures of general life.

Alternatively, recommend him to Therapy, Group Therapy & Other activities that can help him get back on track.

But Ideally both remedies would be best.
   
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Re: A Friend in Need - October 8th 2017, 06:53 AM

Hello, thanks for the reply.

I have successfully stopped any contact with his ex-girlfriend but I don't think I can get him away from his brother... They live in the same house. Also the safer place thing may be a bit hard aswell (time wise), it is only 2 weeks until the start of the HSC, the test that will determine if we get into university and we will be going back to school next week...

Ill try to keep in contact with him, any mention of help is ignored by him so i'm thinking of something else like taking him out for a drink/movie to help him forget about things for a while. Thanks for the help :-)
   
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