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Posted by: Anna | 10/01/2019

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My friend is 17 and he is thinking of killing himself

My friend had a tough childhood and ever since he always wanted to kill himself and I don't want him to do that. I also like him and I am scared for him because he is also depressed and he is never with people. I have been able to make him smile sometimes and it's hard because every time we talk he always brings up his childhood and how he is going to kill himself and soon and when he says he is going to do it he means he is going to do it. I have asked questions about it and he says he's doing it and there is no way out of it. And how I know he is not faking is I have seen the cuts on his body and I want to help him before its to late.

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Posted 10/01/2019

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Hello Anna,
Sorry to hear of this sad and troubling situation.  Indeed it sounds as though your friend may be seriously depressed, and also not at this time coping well with his feelings and reactions to his tough childhood.  He definitely could be helped, and could be feeling a great deal better than he does at present. 
He needs and deserves proper expert help.
He needs to be seen at least by a good doctor GP, but preferably by a psychiatrist, for an in-person assessment and a discussion of treatment options.  And he needs to be honest and frank with the people he sees, about how he feels.  So apart from your encouragement and general support, what you could do to help him,  would be to encourage him to accept this, and perhaps help him to make arrangements and appointments to see a suitable person, help to make sure he attends and pays attention to the advice he gets.  From the sound of it, he should receive medication but also counselling, to deal with the personal details of his distress.
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