Q: I need help!
My dad is really depressed, i'm only 13..i'm really worried about him.
Today he said he wanted to die, and also said he's having sucidal thoughts.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, there are numbers that you can call from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-999-9999.
As with any other type of emergency, call the local emergency number (such as 911) right away if someone you know has attempted suicide. Do not leave the person alone, even after you have called for help.
I put these two things up first in case you need to refer back to them in a hurry, but let me say that you are doing a great thing in reaching out like this.
You don't say if you are the only person sharing this burden? Do you live alone with your dad or is there someone else who knows?
When anyone says they have suicidal thoughts it needs to be taken seriously. Maybe your dad doesn't know that depression is a very common disease for which treatment is available and effective. Men are sometimes a bit stubborn about going to the doctor but it sounds like he really needs to. Don't be afraid to tell him how this is making you feel. Maybe he will visit the doctor with you? Otherwise, is there a close friend or relative you can turn to?
This is a big burden you are carrying but it isn't your responsibility. You are doing all you can by asking for help. Let us know if there's anything else we can do.
I just want to reinforce what Jerry said - this is not your responsibility and your dad is probably too ill to realize that this is a burden he should not be putting on you. Of course, you are worried about him! Please don't hesitate to call an emergency number if you are afraid that he will harm himself. I hope, too, that you have someone you can talk to about this - this is too much for someone your age to handle alone. I hope you'll let us know how you're doing.
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