I think you have misunderstood my reference to the Sick Children's Hospital and the Youth Unit. He does not need to be admitted. The Youth Unit offers a counselling service to enable young people to talk about their problems. He has not been diagnosed with clinical or any other depression. At this stage he just needs the services of an expert to guide him through this difficult time. However we do need a professional to assess whether this is indeed a phase common to his age group or whether he is suffering from a more serious condition. Do you know of any services availble in the Edinburgh area?
Yes email online can be a tricky form of communication, thank you for persevering . I hope you realise that my previous negative remarks were directed to justask not you. You have been very helpful.