So, I was talking to my best friend recently and he was telling me that he feels so lonely and bit depressed. We've been best buddies for nearly ten years now and I don't think I've seen him depressed like this. Since grade 11 or grade 12, he started to have a great interest in Japanese culture and Japanese stuff. After we graduated from high school, he became more interested in Asian stuff and consequently majority of his friends were ESL students from Japan. (He's a white btw.) He even travelled to Japan twice or so over the last five years. Few years later, most of his friends - except me and one other - were ESL students from Japan. Of course the problem with ESL students is that they only stay in Canada for a short-term and they all have to go back to their home. Also over the last few years, he had two serious girlfriends. (Both Japanese) He was with the first one for four years and they had to break up because she had to go back home. Soon after, he was going out with this other Japanese girl and they were going out for one year. They had to break up recently because she had to go back home. Then just a week after he broke up with his second girlfriend, he started to hang out with this other Japanese girl. They knew each other for a year but he didn't do anything or hung out with her because he had a girlfriend. He said nothing happened but he started to have feelings for her after getting to know her more. This week, that girl also went back to Japan. Now, most of his friends have gone back to Japan. I think several of them went back within last two or three months. He was telling me that I am pretty much his only friend left in Canada. So I am his only Canadian friend. He's saying that he is the type of person that hates being alone and wants to feel loved. He also said that he loves being in a good relationship. Although we are best buddies, we seem to have very different view on relationships. I guess I believe that you can have sex without much emotional involments and you don't always have to be in a serious relationship. Right now, I am just enjoying my single life and I don't miss having a girlfriend that much. My friend, on the other hand, thinks that you should be more emotionally involved to have sex and it is better that way. Like I said above, he also said that he loves being in a serious relationship. In a way, I guess I can understand what it's like to not have any friends because when my family first moved to this province 10 years ago, I didn't have any friends. It wasn't a good summer. But I made lots of friends as soon as the school started in September. On the other hand, I've never really had problem with being alone or not having a girlfriend or being in a relationship. And I don't have to have a girlfriend to "feel loved." He wants to go for coffee with me. I want to help out my best friend but I am not quite sure what to tell him. Any advice? Oh an I know it was long... so thanks for reading all this. Cliffs: My best buddy has great interests in Asian stuff and most of his friends and his girlfriend were ESL students. Now they all went back home and he doesn't have any friends left in Canada. He feels depressed and he says that he hates being alone.