I have good news! He got an appointment and will be seeing a counselor very, very soon!!! So, there is light at the end of the tunnel!
TRH, I agree that mental illnesses shouldn't have a stigma attached to them, but unfortunately, they do.
Not to open up a whole other can of worms, but depression especially has a stigma in the Christian community, or at least the one I am in. I have been able to lean on some of my friends who understand that it is ok to take meds and that depression doesn't mean that you're a failure as a Christian, but there are those who think that anyone who suffers from depression just isn't walking close enough to God, needs to pray more, find their joy in Christ, etc.
Thankfully, I have been able to slowly open up to a couple of people. Having his mom be supportive has been a huge help as well, because we can both talk about it and support each other while being open about how much it kills us to see him suffer. Funny, I guess I had always expected to have a mother in law like Jane Fonda from Monster-in-law, but I may have just found a really good friend!
I also need to call one of my best friends who has suffered from depression for a number of years now and has a handle on it, but I just don't have the time with all that's going on to have a long, serious conversation. Once graduation is over, I will probably talk to her. I also would like to talk to her in person and she lives a couple of hours a way, so there might be a day trip in my future. I also would like some tips from her husband (another one of my good friends) as to how he deals with it when she is not doing so well.