Our expert says:
This sounds like a very sad situation all round. But it is absolutely not your fault. Even where teens try hard to break up their parents' mariage, they almost always fail to do so. Such a break-up is the decision of the adults concerned, and often nobody's specific "fault". By allowing yourself to become distressed, that is not helpful. And there would be a limit on how comforting you could be --- they will be more comforted by knowing that you are Ok and doing your matric. It is not your job to lessen their pain --- that is their job and their responsibility, with the help of counsellors if necessary. YOu are too close to be able to do what a counsellor would do, to help them directly, though I respect your wish to do so. Can't you discuss with on o both of your parents, the way you feel, and ask them to arrange for you to see a personal counsellor, to help you get hrough this uncomfortable phase, and to help you work through matric. The counsellor could also assess your state --- it can be hard to mdistinguish between Depression and distress when you are in the midst of a distressing situation. I am pleased to hear that you are sensible and recognize that a suicide attempt is not helpful to anyone.
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