So, disclaimer here: This is based on double-hearsay. I was related a story told by someone else by the person to whom it was told. I wasn't there for the events that neccessitate this post but I have no reason to assume that any of this isn't true. I have a younger brother (both of us are in our 20s) who I've been convinced has been dealing with some kind of depression for a few years now. He takes after the other side of the family so he's a little self-absorbed and prone to fits of temper (which unfortunately he inherrited from our mother). He started smoking a little while back, drinks more than I'm comfortable with (but I'm not one for alcohol to begin with, so I'm not the greatest measure), he sleeps a lot and has a pretty short fuse in general. So today, on a two-hour car-ride with my mother, she told me that my brother had tried or was considering trying to kill himself. Last night my mother (we both still live at home, it being 2019 and whatnot) received a call from one of his coworkers, who had apparently gone into his file at work to get his emergency contact as a result of her being unsettled with an interaction they'd had. It's worth noting that the two of them did have some sort of relationship at one point, which has since ceased, and that my brother (and myself for that matter) both tend to do poorly following the end of those. He apparently had come by her house, had talked about wanting to end his life, and had a length of rope. I'm unclear if he'd actually tried it or if he's just walking up to the edge of that particular jump. We live in Canada around Toronto, to be specific. I suffer from depression which everyone but our fossil of a father is aware of, and medicated for it. He has a fear of being put under an involuntary psychiatric hold. We (my mother and I) are concerned of burning what seems to otherwise be a healthy relationship if we talk to him about this, since it might neccessitate explaining the call. And if there is a next time, we might not have that call. If it was up to me and that was the only concern on the table, I'd try to see him committed, just so he could get the help. He rocks the toxic masculinity stuff a little hard I think, and asking for help is not something that is going to come to him easily. We don't get on well, but we don't hate each other and I certainly don't want to see him dead, but I'm not sure if my talking to him is going to make a difference. I've been looking into what a psych hold constitutes here in Ontario, and the amount of paperwork to have someone in longer than the 72 hours (already requiring the usual "presents a danger to themself or others" to get it) seems to be significant. And if my little brother is like anyone else, his understanding of what psychiatric medicine looks like is probably badly informed by the media. Our family doctor referred me to a program with one of the local university hospitals that specializes in mental health and addiction, since the psych work at the local hospital was sort of terrible (not relevant to the story). Any advice you can put together here would be helpful. I'll try to answer questions as able, but as mentioned it's not my story.