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How to Help Someone with Depression

Depression can be a serious ailment, especially if the person does not feel supported. You can help by knowing the right ways to be supportive and offer assistance.


  • Step 1: Offer support Offer support and friendship to the individual and be there for them when they need advice or just to talk.
  • TIP: One of the most important things you can do for a depressed person is be there for them, unconditionally, and let them know they can count on you.
  • Step 2: Suggest evaluation Suggest that the individual be evaluated and treated by a health care professional. Help them make and keep the appointment.
  • Step 3: Educate yourself Educate yourself on the individual’s condition and what to expect during their treatment and recovery. You can find many helpful resources using the internet.
  • Step 4: Support their treatment plan Support the individual’s treatment plan by helping them schedule appointments and follow medication schedules. Encourage them to stick to their plan.
  • Step 5: Encourage and support positive activities Encourage and support activities with friends, family, colleagues, and support groups. Encourage hobbies.
  • Step 6: Allow individual to make decisions Allow them to make decisions about social activities, like which movies to see or which restaurants to visit. This helps build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Step 7: Give positive feedback Give the individual positive feedback and compliments on their progress as often as possible.
  • Step 8: Feed your own soul Feed your own soul by taking time for yourself and your own interests.
  • FACT: More than 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with depression.

You Will Need

  • A caring
  • supportive attitude
  • Time
  • Patience
  • Research
  • A computer with internet access

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