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.