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 Will the stigma attached to mental health ever boil down to being as common and as unfeared as...?
the common cold or the ful virus? Or will those who suffer by no fault of their own continue to suffer in silence for fear of backlash due to their condition?
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 What do you think of people who become obessed with you from Y!Answers?
To the point that they follow who you pick for best answer and also follow your questions later just to give their opinon of your last question? Shouldn't stalking be banned from Y! Answers?

Scared person
i have a friend (14) who cuts himself, drinks, runs away, and has thoughts of suicide. how can i get him help?
he is telling me about his problems like cutting, drinking, sometimes running away, and has had worse thoughts. he isn't really my friend anymore though... and it's obvious that he needs help, but doesn't want it... everyone just wants it to stop. if he could get someone to make him quit, that would be great, but i'm not so sure what to do.


you can court order him into treatment. Talk with the family about doing an intervention. It only takes 2 people to court commit someone into treatment. This is very serious and it could mean life or death. Talk to a professional if your friends parents dont care. Good luck

first of all you have to establish trust within u and ur friend before you can advise him the do's and the dont's.It's useless to talk to him if he dont trust you that much.So u have to effort a lot to establish the trust and at the same time you try to know the reason.and then from his own stories you may come out a reason why he was doing this stuff and an idea also on how to help him without telling him that he needs to stop from what he's doing but you just need to show that there's a lot of people concerned and were supporting him.He dont need someone to feel pity for him but someone who's willing to support him...It's just a matter of self realization than someone would tell him that he needs to changed or stop..Changes must start with himself
hope it will help u

im just the way the doc made me
dude im doin the same thing (stoppin or trying 2) i just know i need help he dont and its not ganna b easy to tell him he needs help cuz hes just ganna fight it. all u can do is be a good person and try 2 help him cuz u may be the only friend he's got...think about it

Gina D
He needs to feel that he has hope, a future, and also that he's not alone. I'm going threw similar bouts of depression, you can tell him to contact me. I understand a lot of what he's doing.
Does he go to school? or just always skip?
He's probably not learning anything, just a guess?

talk to a teacher or counselor you trust at school or his parents if you think they are decent good parents either way your gonna need others to help

whatever you do make sure you tell someone. dont keep in to your self. my bestfriend confided in my and i wanted to tell someone but i didnt now shes dead and i still believe its my fault

All these things you have listed are not 'problems' in of themselves, they are symptoms of something bigger (although drinking can become a problem itself).

There's no guaranteed solution here but what is most likely to help is getting your friend to try and work through what things are causing him to do this stuff and either sort those things out or learn better ways to deal with them. This is not an easy thing to nor is it a quick thing but it is possible.

I don't believe that forcing someone into treatment (ie, court-orders) is a safe thing to do unless there is a severe mental illness involved or he is a threat to other people's safety.
The best way for long-term change is him to realise things for himself and seek help. You can't force him to do that but you can definitely encourage him. Your goal should be to help him as a person, not just 'for everything to stop'. However if he continues to refuse any help at there may come a point at which you just have to walk away.
But definitely, tell someone else you trust, it's important oto have more than one person involved.

If he stops these behaviours simply because that's what people want him to do then he hasn't dealt with the underlying problems and chances are he will return to them later when things get worse again, also he will then feel worse for letting everyone down!

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