Welcome to HealingWell. I am sorry your b/f is having problems with depression. I would really like you to keep trying to get him to see a pysician/therapist. Here are a few ideas for you.
Let your b/f know that you care and just want to make sure that they he is okay. Sometimes if the person won’t take the initiative, you may have to make the physician's appointment for them and make sure they get there. Be kind but at the same time, be firm. Helping someone who suffers from depression is no easy task, but it can be lifesaving. At times, just knowing you care makes all the difference in the world.
Other ways to help a depressed person may be to encourage them to talk. You never want them to keep everything bottled up inside them. Avoid judgemental and critical critical comments. Remember, most depression sufferers have very low self-esteem, so try to restore it by reasoning with them. Ask them why they feel the way they do and really LISTEN when they talk. By showing them this attention you are showing them that you have a genuine interest in wanting to help.
Don’t expect someone with depression to get well overnight. It can be a slow process at times.
With your love and support hopefully your b/f will get the help he needs. You obviously care deeply for him and want to help. Please remember to take care of yourself too.
Again a warm welcome to HealingWell.