5 Ways To Help A Friend With Depression
Helping someone with depression is a sensitive and difficult situation. Here are 5 ways to help you help a friend with depression.
1. Call 1-800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is a 24/7, free and confidential. Encourage your friend to call and talk to a professional who is trained to listen, understand and support them. You can also call to get assistance in helping your friend.
2. Talk to Them
Keep an open discussion with them about their depression. Talk to them about what's on their mind and how it's affecting them. Practice active listening and support your friend as much as possible.
3. Don't Promise Secrecy
You aren't doing your friend any good by keeping their depression a secret. If you think they are a danger to themselves, you have to tell someone of authority. They don't have to fight this battle alone. There are people who can help as long as they know there is a problem.
4. Offer Hope
One thing that people with depression don't have is hope. They can't see how things are going to ever get better. You can be the light at the end of the tunnel for them. Offer them something they don't have. Show them the hope you have for them.
5. Keep Them Company
If you think a friend is at risk of suicide, make sure they aren't alone. Keep them company if you can, and if you can't make sure someone else is there. When sufferers of depression are alone, there is no one there to help them fight against the illness.