It can be difficult to know what to say and do when trying to support a loved one with depression. It is normal to feel powerless, worried, and confused. Although the love and support of family and friends can not cure depression, a solid support network is so important for those struggling. At Life Resolutions, our team have some advice to help you and your loved one manage.
- Get educated – If you are supporting someone with depression, it helps to understand what depression is and how it affects the sufferer. Although you cannot provide any psychological advice, having knowledge of the symptoms of depression can help you support your loved one.
- Listen – Although it can be tempting to provide advice to someone with depression or assure them that things could be worse, it is best to just listen sympathetically when someone has opened up to you.
- Provide practical support – One of the best ways to support someone with depression is by helping them with any chores or responsibilities they are struggling with. Depending on the individual’s needs, you might help by cooking a meal for them or making an administrative phone call on their behalf.
- Look after yourself – Especially if you are the main support for someone with a mental illness, it can feel like you must be available 24/7 to provide support. It is important to also look after your own mental health by taking time to yourself.
- Encourage them to seek help – It is important your loved one has access to services to help them treat and manage depression. While it is best if they can take this step themselves, you can help by researching providers with them and making phone calls if necessary.
The Life Resolutions Team Supporting You
The Life Resolutions team know that depression is hard on the sufferer, but can also be tough on their family and friends. If you or someone you love is having trouble coping, you can book a convenient Telehealth appointment with our Life Resolutions team and access services from the comfort of your own home.