Hi everyone, I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the correct forum, but I am in need of some helpful advise. A professor, in his late 50's, who I've known for a year told me a few months ago how he struggles with depression, and could easily end his life<mod edit- methods>. He has also talked about simply wanting to die of a stroke or heart attack. He mentioned that a few years ago he experienced a stroke, and hopes that this next one comes soon, and takes his life. He has also mentioned his suicidal thoughts to another classmate and close friend of both mine and the professor. A little background information we've talked about in the past: He has struggled throughout his whole life, and I believe his sister committed suicide 3 years ago. He was born in America, but moved to India at a very young age, and experienced what it really means to be famished, living in poverty. At a very young age he was forced by his parents to study medicine or chemistry, even though he was interested in physics. His family, and others, told him that he wasn't smart enough to follow through with physics, so he chose to become a physical chemist. I do know while living in India, at a peaceful protest, he was kidnapped and tortured for a month. I do not know much more about that matter, though I wish I did. When I was young I had a close family member successfully commit suicide. It's something I've never been able to fully recover from. I believe if I had known my family member was struggling, I would have talked to them about it. I'm trying to make the right decision now and speak to my professor privately about this matter. I know that I will become emotional, and explain how devastated I would be if anything were to happen to him. I can offer my support, and of course an ear, but what else can I say or do to help him? I would offer to talk outside of classroom/campus setting, but he was my professor and is twice my age and has intelligence that is far beyond mine. I plan on talking with him in the next week, but I need a plan of what I want to ask in order for this to be a productive conversation. He is such a genuine and humble mean, and I look up to him so much. Please help me!