How can I help my boyfriend with his depression?

Anonymous
Me and my boyfriend have been together for a year now and I’ve honestly never felt this way about anyone before. He suffers with depression that comes and goes and this is the first time since we have been together that he has been depressed. This past week he has been distant and he finally told me why and that is was because he felt like if he distanced himself that he wouldn’t hurt me. He even told me he had thoughts about suicide but he told me he promised he wouldn’t ever do anything. I’m not exactly sure what to do or how to help him because we currently live in different states. He says he’s been to counseling and has talked to people but it just never helps. Any advice?
How can I help my boyfriend with his depression?
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