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How to help depressed sibling?

My brother has been experiencing signs of depression and anxiety attacks since his last breakup over a couple of years ago.
His ex-girlfriend cheated on him with another man and since then, he’s rejected anything related to dating.
But even after all this time, he’s still in this sorry state.
I’m starting to think that his depression is stemming from the fact that he’s lonely both sexually and emotionally.
Most of us already have long term relationships and other members of the family are already married.
He’s practically the only one single within our family circle.
We all want him to start dating again and find a woman who can be there for him whenever he feels down.
Someone who can truly love him but the problem is that he’s given up on trying to meet new people.
Me and my elder brother have signed him up on multiple dating sites and now, we’re planning to sign him up for an international dating tour so he can both take a breather and travel around while meeting women.
Do you think this is a good idea? We need some insights before deciding anything.
Thanks so much.

1 Answers

Rosy Andrews Answered:

I think an international dating tour sounds amazing! This will help your brother meet women, make new friends, and get some great traveling in. I am of the personal belief that travel broadens the mind and opens you up to great new experiences, not to mention the food - YUM!
That being said, I don't think it's a good idea to do this for your brother without telling him. Nobody wants to feel forced into doing something they aren't ready for - both when it comes to dating AND traveling.
Communicate with your brother about the positive benefits of this experience and encourage him to go. If you can get him excited about it, you'll be on the right track!
There is an insightful article about supporting someone with depression that I think you'll really enjoy. Go check it out here:

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