Our expert says:
Dreams do NOT predict the future, and many have essentially random content. Bu any theme that turns up repeatedly in your dreams may indicate something that is bothering and worrying you. And such things are worth exploring with a counsellor. However, this apparent suicide attempt by your bf sounds very strange, and a huge over-reation to a minor bad dream. Doesn't he remember the diference between dreams and reality ?
From the rest of what you say, it sounds as though he could be rather seriously depressed and potentially suicidal.
He needs to see a psychiatrist, or at least a GP, as soon as possible, for a proper assessment and probably treatment. Strongly encourage him to do this.
Its actually very difficult to kill oneself by self-strangulation ( as when you lose consciousness, you ten to let go of your throat ) but of course hanging can not only kill, but also has the serious danger of causing severe brain damage and leaving one alive with the results of that.
His father was probably seriously depressed when he committed suicide. And if family members have a history of having been significantly depressed, the risk of depression in him would have been higher, and if someone in the family has committed suicide, the risk of this happening to him is also higher. He clearly needs help, and urgently so. He can also call Lifeline ( number on this page ) in the meantime, but you need to remind him that you do love him and have no intention of either being unfaithful or of leaving him, and that you do care a lot, and this is why you want him to see a shrink for asessment and help, beause he could be feeling far happer and more confident than this, before long.
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