Book Of Questions–Question #160

You become involved romantically but after six months realize you need to end the relationship. If you were certain the person would commit suicide if you were to leave and were also certain you could not be happy with the person, what would you do?I would stay with the person instead of leaving, at least for a while longer. Has a person that deals with depression and suicide, I have been somewhat on the other side of the situation. I had friends stop me from jumping off of an overpass after a breakup with someone I deeply loved. This was before I accepted the fact I have depression and started to deal with it. Now I realize there are others ways of handling that kind of pain. But back then, all I could think about was ending the excruciating pain that was in my heart. Years later I now have the training and skills to handle an heartache like this…for the most part.  I dont handle it completely like I probably should (Still emotional eating and shopping involved), but I have enough healthy skills to use so that I’m not putting my life in danger.

So if I knew that the person I was with was in this state of mind, I think that I would stay with them while trying to get them the mental health skills and help that they need. With all of my partners, if it didn’t work out, I would want to still be friends with them if possible.  But in the back of my mind, I would also have to be aware of my mental health while helping them, making should that I’m not endangering or sacrificing my mental health while trying to help them with their problems

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