Many of us know of someone who is battling depression but are not sure how to help them.
We sometimes even pull away from those we care about because we aren’t sure what to say or do to help.
Here are some tips of things you can do to help someone you care about as they deal with depression.
Before you are able to help someone who is dealing with depression, you need to understand it.
A good place to start is to learn what depression is, how it affects someone’s feelings or thoughts, types of depression, and some tips that might help someone with depression manage their symptoms.
It's difficult to care for someone else if you are not first looking out for yourself. You will have more energy to help someone who is dealing with depression if you have healthy habits like being physically active, making healthy food choices and getting a good night's sleep.
Understanding depression includes an understanding of what signs and symptoms might let you know that someone is struggling. Understand that you may not be able to help someone with these symptoms and don’t be afraid to ask for help from a healthcare provider, or reach out to others close to someone dealing with depression. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
To learn more about the Signs and Symptoms of depression, click here.
There are many ways that you can provide needed support to someone with depression.
Supporting someone who is dealing with depression can be challenging- even exhausting. Make sure you continue to take care of yourself even when supporting others. If you start to feel like you are not able to take care of yourself, or you need a break from supporting someone, that’s OK! Take some time to focus on you when you need it. If you are worried about pulling away from someone with depression, reach out to others who care about them to provide support.
DepressionToolkit.org “For family and friends.”
MentalHealth.gov. “For Friends and Family Members.”
Mental Health America, “For Family & Friends.”