Our expert says:
Of course one wants to find something perfect and helpful and comforting to say to any friend in a predicament, but there is no such magic formula. All one can do is to express sympathy and hope that things will torun out well, and make it clear you're available if he wants to unburden himself by chating to you about it, by phonecall or w-mail. As he hasn't given you major relevant details, it may be that he has done something wrong, and is feeling ashamed of at least some aspects of the situation. As he is abroad, strongly advise him to see a psychiatrist for assessmetn and treatment of his depression, and counselling to help him deal with the local situation
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