I have male friend going through tough times we like each other, so any guidance appreciated thanks.
Quite simply put, be there for each other (equally exchange of energy, give and receive). Regardless of what your friend is going through DO NOT TAKE his shit on (it's may seem harsh to you), however if you try the mother nurture persona that will not help him, it will unman him. It's about him seeing your inner strength and just 'being there' that will inspire him to move through what he needs to go through. Understand? Lots of Love and strength to you.