What do you GaG:ers do when a *random* person online wants to talk about their depression and how they want to or have tried to kill themselves.?
I want to know because I usually answer "Hope things get better" and if they persist then I basically tell them to Google for a therapists number because I ain't one. Maybe I have a cold heart or I just don't see how I would make a real difference since by my logic people in that situation would seek real help not an online person to "feel their pain". But I want to know how you would behave.
Keep in mind I'm talking about people you have barely talked to or just recently started talking to. Not someone you have been in communication with for sometime.
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I'm in treatment for major depressive disorder. You're right to tell them to find therapist, your'e not responsible for the lives of strangers (or anyone else for that matter unless you have kids). Just make sure to say its not because you don't care, but you're scared of effing up and making them feel worse. Depression is tough. Best advice to give; Get off the chair, and take a walk outdoors, even if its just to take out the trash.
If someone's suicidal, ask them to call the samaritans or local emergency phone number.2