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help with depressed brother

Posted by Lisa Jane x on 1 August 2017.

My brother has depression, and he was really suicidal about 2 years ago but he gradually got better, but he smoked a lot of weed during it too which i assume didn't help. He was doing really well but he's recently got worse again and i can't tell if he's smoking weed again or he's unhappy. He's nearly 20 and I'm 17 and i don't feel like i can ask him how he is, and my mum worries a lot, and I'm just scared he isn't being as open about how he's feeling, or is it just the weed making this happen. i don't even know how to deal with it as my friends can't relate and feel bad exposing my brother and it's not really a discussion point. Any advice/suggestions would be great. 

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Icarus Trust
15 Aug 2017

Hi Lisa Jane,

I am sorry to hear about your brother and to read how worried you are about him. I wonder if you would like to talk with someone who has experience of what you are  feeling. I work for a charity called The Icarus Trust that supports people who are having to deal with a family member's addiction. We have people called 'Family Friends' who are trained and experienced. May be talking to one of them in confidence will help you to begin to see a way forward. 
You can contact us on help@icarustrust.org or visit the website www.icarustrust.org
This is a free service. I hope that you can get some help.

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