Hello. I have recently learned that someone close to me is suffering greatly from depression. Serious depression with suicidal tendencies. I have had experience with depression in the past: with myself and my mother. But of course, everyone's plight is different. I was hoping someone could help me in an anonymous setting so I could speak freely and hopefully get some advice. This person is very close to me and I am just finding out abou the depths of their problem. They have been depressed for a long time and to avoid facing the issues, they have become a work-aholic at school, work, and the gym. No amount of work is enough to keep their mind from frightening and overwhelming thoughs and all they are doing is making themselves more and more tired and more and more weak and thus more and more vulnerable to regressing. They do not want to talk abou the problem because they are embarassed and don't want anyone to know. They dont want to take medicine and just become "numb" and not feel anyhting at all. I have suggested counseling, drugs, lightening the work load (to reduce feeling overwhelmed), but I am not getting through. I have known this person my whole life and I am just finding out that they have tried to kill themself very recently. Of course, it wasn't successful due to the fear of it, but I am so afraid. I am scared to death about his and I don't know what to do. Can anyone help? Thanks.