If someone close to you is showing signs of depression this is what you can do to help.
- Listen to their concerns
Getting things off their chest may help to ease their immediate stress. Telling them “everything will be ok” or “pull yourself together” is NOT helpful.
- Be supportive and non-judgemental
Although you might not be able to provide direct help, offer them comfort and reassurance.
- Respect their confidence
Someone who is depressed may have trouble opening up about their problem so it’s important they feel they can trust you.
- Most importantly, encourage them to seek professional help
Offer to go with them if they would find it helpful.
- Take advice yourself on how to help
Find out more about stress and depression.
- As a partner or friend, you can advise their GP if you are concerned about their health
The GP cannot discuss their patient with you but your information might be useful.