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A good friend of mine...
A good friend of mine is suffering from depression and has been for a while now. They frequently have trouble sleeping and find it particularly hard to get motivated. This has been a recurring problem for nearly a year now but they refuse to tell their parents or seek help. I am the only person who knows about it. Is it my responsibility so find help?
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Hello,

Welcome to Just Answer.

I understand your position completely. You are NOT responsible for finding her help. I do not know if your friend is just depressed, with lack of motivation, or if she is having suicidal thoughts. If it is just lack of motivation, then you are NOT responsible to find her help. You are also NOT responsible, if anything was to happen to your friend, say if she did commit suicide.

But, if she is having suicidal thoughts, then you could anonymously, send a letter or a phone call to her parents, to let them know, so that THEY can find her some help. If you feel as though you could not do this personally, by talking with her parents and you feel she is at risk for suicide, then you could send her parents this message, anonymously. It would help you, to not feel so responsible, but it would also make you feel better that she is receiving the help that she needs.

I do hope that this helps some and if you need any other assistance, please let me know.

Take care,
Wendy
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