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How can I help a friend in trouble who refuses to talk?

This week, physician Mark Rowe advises a reader on how to be there for a friend who is defensive about discussing a possible bout of depression

Try to learn and understand more about what your friend is going through. Picture: Getty

Dear Expert,

I’m worried about my best friend’s mental health, but he refuses to talk to me about it. I have known this person for more than two decades, and over the last year I have seen a dramatic change in his personality. He suffered a number of setbacks during the pandemic, both career-related and romantic, which knocked his confidence.

I started to become concerned about six months ago, as he was withdrawn, narky and ...