You did NOT fail him. You were THERE for him. Who knows what might have happened if you hadn't spent that caring time with him. He may have done worse and accomplished the deed. Most important thing is that he got professional help.
If he is getting professional help, then all you have to do is be you! Just let him know you care and that you are glad he is still here. I have a couple people who I am close to (but one is long distance) and I send them occassional e-cards (Hallmark.com has freebies, as do other sites). I go into the ecard section and pick out a few encouraging cards and send them along. You can choose dates on wich they will be sent, so one visit there can be quite well spent and your friend can receive cards on several dates.
BTW: I am not trained in depression . . . just speaking as a friend.
Any small kindness or encouragement can be very rewarding for anyone, but when we are depressed it is especially meaningful.
Your friend is lucky to have someone like you who cares about
him. You did good sis!!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie "We can't control the waves, but we can learn to surf!"
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