When Someone You Love Is Depressed

Do's and Don'ts

One thing most supporters of those who suffer from depression want to know is: what can I do? What will help? What won’t? Although each situation is different, here are ten dos and don’ts:

Do encourage the individual to seek professional help, and help to remove roadblocks by tracking appointments and giving rides to medical offices; if an immediate solution isn’t found, keep gently pushing for trying the next professional, medication, or therapy.

Do reach out as much as possible. Provide opportunities to participate in fun activities – attending hockey games, going for a walk, or attending family events.

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