I was planning on providing some background information, but I think a single sentence summary is sufficient. My close friend, "Mr. X" is severely depressed, and has alluded to suicide on many occasions. I have offered him all the support I can, but after hearing him repeatedly reference ending his life, I am unsure where my priorities should lie. Do I have an obligation to protect his life against his wishes? Know that I have personally dealt with suicidal contemplations in the past, and having surmounted those difficulties, would recite endless volumes of inspirational messages to convince my friend to spare his life. Life of any kind is infinitely valuable, but if in the case that he bids me goodbye through some verbal act, should I take further action by involving others? Is it more noble to prolong what he claims to be his miserable existence, or allow him the freedom of choice. The way Ive phrased my dilemma certainly makes option B sound more desirable. I'm really in a mental bind here. I certainly wouldn't want my own decision making abilities to be relinquished, but conversely, I couldn't bare to lose a close friend. I realize that saving his life is in his best interest, but who am I to make his decisions? Am I missing some angle? Perhaps I should treat his ailment as more of a disorder than the norm. That would at least allow me to rationalize and treat his depression as something inhibiting his abilities to think clearly, which I suppose is true to some extent. But he's really quite intelligent, and has a few strong, albeit naive arguments supporting suicide. The issue here is whether or not depression/ anxiety inhibits judgment to such an extreme that decisions no longer represent the true thoughts and feelings of the individual. When my depression was at its worst, my thoughts werent necessarily saturated with clarity, but I think they represented who I truly am/was. Though, I never attempted to end my life. I feel like I'm possibly over-complicating things. Thoughts would be appreciated.