Hi, thanks for taking the time to read this post. My apologies if this is in the wrong topic or anything like that !!
My friend has been emotionally abused by his father for most of his life. I only just found this out last year, but in the last six months or so, the abuse had gone from tolerable for him to soul-crushing. I won’t go into details, but it’s bad. He’s being manipulated and torn and it’s just awful
He hates himself bc he believes all the shitty lies his father tells him and he covers it up w/ shitty millennial humour. Tonight, he told me he’d do anything to stop hurting. Like he was begging to die because he doesn’t see the point in anything. I know he was being serious and I’m scared.
He doesn’t have many friends who know about his situation, and I’m just about the only person he can turn to. I really want to help him, but I’m honestly not the best person for support. I shut down sometimes, and I get really scared that on a bad day , something’s going to happen to him.
We’re still minors, so professional help is pretty impossible. Plus he refuses to get help out of fear of his dad. Our school is largely not understanding of mental illnesses and the teachers are kinda useless.
I keep telling him to get help and get out of there but he’s staying bc his mom and siblings are still there. The abuse is only directed at him though.
Is there anything I can do to help him? Like an online therapist or an anonymous abuse support group or ?? Or should I tell our school councillors about his situation ????