To help someone with depression, you must be able to recognize it. This illness can encompass a broad range of symptoms.1,2,4
Talking about depression with a friend or family member may be difficult initially; this feeling is normal. Start by finding the right time and place to talk about it. A calm environment such as a park, away from all work-related stress, may help to get the conversation off to a good start.
Although you cannot take the place of treatment recommended by a healthcare professional, you can have a positive influence on someone’s life by offering both practical and emotional support.
As a member of the person’s support system, your role is to encourage your friend or loved one to ask for help from a healthcare professional. Emphasize that it is important to talk to a doctor, because only healthcare professionals can diagnose depression.
The risk of suicide increases in people with depression and it is important to take this risk very seriously.4 If you feel that you are giving up or feel you could harm yourself, GET HELP IMMEDIATELY.