What to Do When a Friend Tells You They Are Depressed or Dealing With Depression

How to Respond to a Depressed Friend

If you've never dealt with depression personally, it can be difficult to know what to do, what to say, to a close friend who reaches out to you. Remember, your friend has just paid you a HUGE compliment by confiding in you.

In this video, I talk about what you can do to support your friend:

1) Tell them they can count on you
2) Learn all you can about depression
3) Tell your friend that you are learning about depression to better understand
4) Make an effort to make sure your friend knows they aren't alone and do it often. Text more. Phone them.
5) Ask your friend what are they doing about their depression
6) Invite your friend out to do things with you. Even if they say no, the invitation itself is appreciated and helps.
7) Do not feel like it is your responsibility to "fix" them

Don't treat them differently. Just be the friend you have always been, but be more vigilant about it.

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