A Quick Guide: Helping Someone Experiencing Depression

  1. Starting the conversation: “I wanted to check in with you because you seem pretty down lately.”
  2. Encourage them to seek help: Offer to help the depressed person find a doctor or therapist and go with them on their first visit.
  3. Supporting your loved one’s treatment: Having patience is important. Even with optimal treatment, recovery from depression doesn’t happen over night.
  4. Taking care of yourself: Of course you want to help, but you can only do so much. To avoid burnout and resentment, set clear limits on what you are able to do.

Source: Community Coalition for Mental Health

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