My boyfriend suffers from depression sometimes, depression so bad that he feels suicidal. He's never actually been diagnosed by a professional, but it runs in his family, and he's told me that he's pretty sure it is depression. His suicidal thoughts are no where near as bad or as frequent as they used to be, but a lot of the time they show up at random without warning, and when they do, I have no idea how to help him, because I've never been in his place before. My best friend was suicidal, and I was able to bring her out of it, but she and my boyfriend are very different people, with depression for different reasons.
Does anyone have any advice for that kind of a situation?