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No hope left

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Hey Alex, my friend has no hope left. His friends have left him (besides me, our friend, and his girlfriend). His parents don’t care about him and he just feels alone. He feels suicidal. Is there anything I can do to help him?

Answer

Hey there,
 
Thank you for reaching out. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, and your friend is lucky to have someone like you looking out for them. It’s tough to see someone you care about struggling, and your concern shows how much you care.
 
First, it’s important to let your friend know that he isn’t alone. You, your friend, and his girlfriend are there for him, which is crucial. Encourage him to talk about his feelings, and listen without judgment. Sometimes, just having someone to talk to can make a big difference. However, if he ever feels unsafe or at immediate risk, please contact emergency services at 999 or 112, or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
 
Additionally, suggesting professional help can be very beneficial. There are organisations like Pieta (www.pieta.ie) that specialise in supporting people who feel hopeless or suicidal. Both you and your friend can reach out to them for guidance and support. They provide valuable resources that could help him see that there is hope and help available.
 
It’s also important to involve a trusted adult in his situation. Whether it’s a family member, teacher, or school counsellor, they can provide additional support and help address his living situation. This can sometimes feel daunting, but adults often have the resources and experience to make a significant positive impact.
 
Remember, you are never alone in this. The Childline team is here to support both you and your friend. You can contact us 24 hours a day, every day, for free at 1800 66 66 66 or through Messenger at www.Childline.ie by clicking on the purple chat icon. We are here to listen, support you, and explore your options together.
 
Take care and stay strong. Remember to look after yourself too, while supporting your friend.
 
Alex

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