MY BROTHER IS SUI­CI­DAL

The Mail on Sunday - You - - Dear Zelda -

My twin brother and I have al­ways been ex­tremely close. We are in our 30s and we live to­gether. I work in ed­u­ca­tion and he helps run the fam­ily busi­ness. He has al­ways suf­fered from men­tal health prob­lems and has self-harmed. Since his re­la­tion­ship with his emo­tion­ally abu­sive part­ner ended last year, th­ese prob­lems have spi­ralled out of con­trol. He blames him­self and it has dec­i­mated his self-worth. He is sui­ci­dal and has been hos­pi­talised for his own safety, but was not sec­tioned. He is see­ing a psy­chol­o­gist, but he is not open with him. My part­ner has been a saint, and with­out him I would be lost. How­ever, he lives and works in an­other city. I had planned to join him, but my brother’s health has meant that I can’t. My fa­ther has left the UK for an ex­tended hol­i­day and my brother is strug­gling to cope with run­ning the busi­ness with­out him. My mother and step­fa­ther have con­trib­uted a huge amount fi­nan­cially to my brother’s care. I love my part­ner with all my heart and fear that if I don’t make plans to move in with him soon, he will end the re­la­tion­ship. I am com­pletely torn.

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