Our expert says:
Even though one must always assume a degree of risk in any suicide threat, there sounds like a degree of drama queening going on here as well. He didn't have to contact you to announce such a decision. Having done so, he has no basis for getting angry with you for trying to be helpful. Maybe he chose to contact you on a different continent, just because there was very little you could do about it, rather than more sensibly going to a hospital casualty or seeing a shrink who unquestionably COULD have helped him.
Sometimes this is a genuine cry for help ; sometimes its a nastier decision to inflict guilt and a sense of responsibility in someone who is not at all to blame.
The tumour is most probably not his fault, but the bankruptcy and job problems are surely at least in part due tom his own decisions and actions ? Do not accept any invitations to feel guilty. If he wants specific help, he can ask for it and you can evaluate the request.
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