Sorry to lower the tone of a Saturday evening, but I'm after some advice please. (This is a new login for a sensitive issue, sorry mods)
I've noticed there have been quite a few threads on here about depression and people here seem to have a fair amount of experience, so I thought someone might be able to help.
So here's the story: I'd decided not long ago to split up with my girlfriend, for various reasons, and was thinking about the best way to do so (we have a good number of mutual friends so I don't want it to be too messy.) Simple enough. However, between me deciding and actually going through with it she told me she was depressed to the point of wanting to harm herself and contemplating suicide, having fairly recently made the preparations to take her life but eventually deciding not to. I asked her to go to a doctor, which she did, and is hopefully starting treatment soon.
So what to do? I'd still like to end the relationship-the problems are not related to depression and are still there-but I obviously don't wish to make her illness any worse, or lead her to hurt herself in any way. To make matters worse, she's just moved town and started a new job, so her friends and support network are not immediately available to her.
Any thoughts/suggestions greatly appreciated, thanks.