Ways to Support Someone with Depression
It’s hard to know what to say when you suspect someone is suffering from depression. You might feel the urge to say something along the lines of, “snap out of it” or “get over it.” Unfortunately, it’s not that easy, and statements like that can make a person feel like they’re a failure if they can’t just snap out of it. You should also stay away from phrases that perpetuate stigma, such as, “you’re acting crazy.” Your word choices can have an impact, both negative and positive, as can your actions. It's important to refrain from taking the person out for drinks. While it may seem like a fun distraction and coping tool, alcohol and drug use can quickly turn to self-destructive behavior. Here are seven simple ways to support loved ones who are experiencing depression. >
Danielle Hark is a wellness writer, photographer, and founder of BrokenLightCollective.com - the online photography gallery for people affected by mental illness. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues, her mission is to help as many other people who are struggling as possible, using photography and creativity. www.DanielleHark.com and twitter.com/DanielleHark.