If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on [email protected] for help. Thanks :)
Hello all! Please ensure that you are posting a new thread or question in the appropriate forum. The Feedback forum is overwhelmed with questions that are having to be moved elsewhere. If you need help to verify your account contact [email protected]

Help for a depressed loved one

  • 12-09-2020 10:50am
    Registered Users Posts: 166,026 ✭✭✭✭

    My brother is extremely depressed and lately on one occasion has mentioned suicide. I can't get him to go to his GP for help, get a job, enroll in a course... he won't do anything. I even offered to book him an appointment for the GP and offered to bring him, but he ignored the message. He is on anti depressants but his GP seems useless, I want to bring him to my own GP who is very empathetic and who I feel can refer him to a mental health service.

    I'm so anxious and worried about him that I can't even concentrate in work. What do I do for someone like this? His close friend worries he will die by suicide and so does my sister. But I can't get him to get help.

    I'm so scared.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,799 Mod ✭✭✭✭Hannibal_Smith

    Hi helpforbrother

    Please know that you or your brother do not have to deal with this on your own.

    We encourage people experiencing difficulties like your brother to talk to someone they trust and, if appropriate, to go to their GP. If he needs help urgently and outside of GP hours, he can go to his nearest A&E department or you can go with him.

    Here at our moderators are not trained to support people experiencing difficulties. There are other organisations better positioned to provide specialised support. These organisations are listed below. These organisations maybe able to best advise you on how to help your brother or can best advise your brother directly. We hope that your brother will follow these up so that he can get the help and support he needs.

    If he needs immediate help:
    Aware’s Support Line is open 7 days per week, 10am-10pm on 1800 804 848

    The Samaritan’s phone line is open 24/7 on 116 123

    Pieta offer one-to-one, face-to-face support. Click 'Contact us' to find the phone number and opening hours of your nearest branch on their site or email [email protected] for advice on getting an appointment.

    If he needs non-urgent help:
    Aware have a support email service at [email protected]

    There are some other useful services that he can use also listed here.

    Also, ‘50808’ is a first of its kind for Ireland, a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis. Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations.

    Very best wishes to you both


This discussion has been closed.