Warning: mentions mental health problems. Do not read if this is a potential trigger. Saying this just in case.
Hey everyone. I have a friend at college. We'll call him Thomas (NOT his real name). Thomas is a very complicated person. He is an extrovert and a social butterfly. He loves getting to know people and helping people. Sometimes people share personal issues with him. The problem that he has is being vulnerable himself with others. He happens to be suicidal, has at least same-sex attractions, has a secret struggle with cancer, and has depression as well. He also is very emotional, fun to be around, and an overachiever when it comes to schoolwork.
I have known Thomas for a little over a year. I have always known he is an outsider, no matter how much he loves socializing. I really want to be his friend, even though it's hard to truly know him well.
2 weeks ago, he found out one of his friends, we'll call him Matthew (again, NOT his real name), recently committed suicide. Matthew and Thomas had been friends since before Thomas started college. Matthew actually saved Thomas from committing suicide himself at least once and was a very good friend of Thomas. Thus, after hearing of Matthew's suicide, Thomas's deep, deep depression set in. Recently, I had a meal with Thomas, and other friends we have reached out to him, too. Yet, a couple of nights ago, Thomas was found unresponsive and taken to the hospital. He is now awake and alert, and will likely spend a few days there.
Please pray for Thomas. He has a large community of believers that he and I are in that love him and want to support him. He probably isn't a Christian, even though he has a lot of Christian friends in our Campus Ministry. Unfortunately, I feel like only God can heal his body, heart, and mind. More than anything, I really want him to open up about everything he struggles with, with SOMEBODY, especially God Himself.
I wanted to share this with y'all so that more believers our age could pray for Thomas. So thankful for this online community!!