My best friend through high school (and now) is a boy named Eddie. All through high school, I struggled with my sexual identity and with suicidal depression, and he was there to support me. Eddie is gay, and comes from a morally and politically conservative family that doesn't accept him or his "lifestyle choice" (their words not mine). Recently, Eddie was in a severe car accident, and though he was unhurt in the crash, while he was waiting for the authorites, he picked up a piece of broken glass and dragged it across each of his wrists, then passed out. He told me about this over the weekend, and about how he had been feeling suicidal for a long time, and that his family was a huge source of his stress and depression. I was shocked- I always thought that I had been supportive and loving enough towards him that he would never come to this conclusion, or would at least would try to talk it out with me before he acted on his depression. Eddie is one of the kindest, smartest, most selfless people I know- no one deserves this less than him. I, meanwhile, feel completely unprepared to be his lifeline. I can barely wrap my head around what Eddie did, that Eddie did it, let alone how to react and help him. I've always needed help, and I'm not sure I can handle the role reversal properly.
If anyone has advice on how to help my friend, it would be greatly appreciated.