This wonderful article looks at nine different ways you can be truly supportive to people struggling with depression (in addition to being a shoulder to cry on).
Loving Ways How to Help People With Depression
“We can all go through brief periods of ‘the blues’ but if someone you know and love is struggling with chronic depression, you may be at a loss how to help.
You may be wondering how to help people with depression but the good news is that you can do more than being a comforting shoulder to cry on or a sounding board for someone’s woes.
First, it’s important to realize that depression is a medical condition. Love and a sympathetic ear can’t always cure depression, and although long-term use of anti-depressants is rarely a good idea, the patient can always get a jump-start on healing using medicine.
Therefore, the first course of action is to seek the advice of a doctor. This approach may be helpful to the patient’s loved ones too, because they may be frustrated and wondering why they cannot help someone who is clinically depressed.”