“Even though Barbra didn’t share details of her illness with me, I always vaguely intuited something was going on. But I avoided directly engaging with her about her struggles because it was just easier to ignore something I didn’t understand. I wanted to maintain the status quo of our light-hearted friendship.”
You may not always be able to prevent someone from committing suicide. In fact, it’s unlikely one thing you do or don’t do will really be the difference between someone trying it or not, but wouldn’t it be better to let people know that they can talk about their depression and mental health struggles than to avoid it?