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How can I help people with depression?

151 Answers
Last Updated: 02/27/2018 at 3:42pm
1 Tip to Feel Better
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Top Rated Answers
Mydogted18
October 28th, 2015 4:26pm
Listen to them, give them a friendly welcoming supportive environment to let them know that they can say whatever is on their mind in complete confidence without being judged or patronised
lovelyLove58
October 28th, 2015 11:25pm
Listen to them. People with depression sometimes just want to talk and have someone listen. Or sometimes they just don't want to be alone so just be with them. Let them know they aren't alone.
Anonymous
October 29th, 2015 4:39am
you can help people with depression by just being their for them when they need you most, even at times when you feel it wont help.
Kayla1313
October 29th, 2015 6:26am
If it's someone you know just being there is nice. Cooking meals that can be heated in the microwave, because they won't want to cook. Maybe offering to clean or just being generally pleasant.
Anonymous
October 29th, 2015 1:15pm
Deppression is hard to help with. Its gonna take some time... Try taking her/him places or try doing something fun with that person. Tell the person you love them and let them know you care. Help them clean up and get there life back on track. Help them love life again. Also... Get them a therapist or phsycologist. Help them out for a few months and check on them every once in a while.
cathy94
October 29th, 2015 8:26pm
for help people with depression , we should be there , when we beside them they will feeling they not alone even dont need you say anything, sometime keep silent is good , be patient , empathy with them , never compare and criticize and ,most important help them by us heart
slowTime
October 31st, 2015 12:43am
Listen to them, write short summaries of what they say so that they can read their own thoughts but reformulated. it helps them to see what is they actual problem.
Chaosinsideyou
November 1st, 2015 12:51am
by listening their problems without judging and help them to see good things in their life. show them happiness in very easy thing to have
Anonymous
November 1st, 2015 12:53am
You can help people with depression by showing you care, and stating that you understand how they feel and why whatever they are going through causes them to feel that way. Try subtly saying that getting better may be hard, but it's all worth it. Also, remind them that they are in control of their life and thoughts, and that no one can really help them get better but themselves.
SpiritWolfie
November 4th, 2015 2:56am
Be a good friend, be around when they need it, and don't push when they need space, pushing to much to help someone can push them away!
Anonymous
November 4th, 2015 10:06pm
Listen to them, be close to them, they need emotional support so give it to them, before it's too late.
Anonymous
November 5th, 2015 3:22am
By helping them to realize that they're not alone in the fight, and that you'll always be there for them.
Anonymous
November 5th, 2015 6:40am
Depressed people just need a ear to hear what they feel like and a way out. Always remember to be patient and listen to them and feel what they are going through then advice.
Kaybear98
November 6th, 2015 12:00am
Listen to them and give them advice on how they can overcome depression and help them become a better person
wintersoldier59
November 6th, 2015 6:00am
The best thing to do is watch over them. Be there for them always. Support them and help them get right back on their feet. And best of all, try to make them smile and laugh. :)
Anonymous
November 6th, 2015 6:40pm
you can help them by listening to them. make a link between you two in which you are empathic with them and get to know how they feel. most of the times depression comes with loneliness, and being there to listen can help a lot.
NiceIntrospectiveman
November 7th, 2015 9:59am
Depression is sadness that lasts longer and it affects people's ability to everyday things. Some things that should help are: sleeping and getting up on time (getting sunlight helps with mood), exercising as it releases dopamine in the brain and it improves the mood, many people pray and/or meditate for relaxation and peace of mind, depressed people can eat proper foods which are high in vitamins and minerals (fruits and vegetables), they do journal writing, they should also reflect on their thinking and make sure it it not negative. Depressed people tend to hold on negative thoughts and exaggerate it, they should watch out for that. One good book on the topic of depression is David D Burn's "Feeling Good." They can talk to their loved ones and do things which give them peace of mind. If there's a problem such as joblessness they should try to resolve the issue. Also, if possible they can go in for counseling if it is severely affecting their quality of life.
Mollyamber101
November 8th, 2015 5:22am
be there supporter, talk to them about it, do little favors like " do you wanna come over and hangout " , little things count the most when it comes to a persons disease.
bountifulPainting15
November 9th, 2015 2:43am
Talk to them. Try to understand what they're saying and coming from. People with depression sometimes suffer with random sadness. Dont pressure them, calmly ask them about it and be patient. :)
OneofManyFriends
November 13th, 2015 5:11am
People with depression might think that it is a conscious choice to be happy or sad, but that isn't always true. I find it important to make people with depression know they didn't choose how they feel. I then talk to them and try to help them see what a great person they are!
Anonymous
November 14th, 2015 11:53pm
Just listen to their story, what they have to tell. Don't tell them things that aren't treu to make them feel better just listen can help
wonderousSunshine82
November 15th, 2015 2:56am
Being a good listener to people with depression helps a lot. Sometimes people just need a sympathetic, compassionate ear to listen to them. Also if you know of any free or income based mental health clinics in your area you can always provide them with that information as well.
Anonymous
November 15th, 2015 9:40pm
You can be there for them no matter when, what time what day whenever they need you, you are there and listen to them and make them feel like they are wanted
TreesOfFog
November 18th, 2015 4:04am
Listen. Listen, listen,listen. Do not judge, but encourage. One of the things I could suggest is to get out in nature for walks or engage in different physical activities. It is hard to push yourself when you are depressed, but once you do it will help you.
Anonymous
November 18th, 2015 6:51pm
Educate yourself, raise awareness, help remove the stigmatism surrounding mental health issues such as depression. Also, joining 7cups as a Listener can't hurt ;)
InspirationalRichard
November 19th, 2015 12:38am
You can ask them question like what is making you being depressed and how have you been depressed in the first place.
Anonymous
November 19th, 2015 7:46pm
Let them know that you are there for them, don't tell them what they are feeling is a 'faze' or 'stupid' or 'not real' etc because depression is very real and very horrible. Honestly, just listening is always a good thing. Don't force them to tell you how they feel but tell them if you wanna talk you can talk to me and just listen and be there for them.
UmbrElla1413
November 20th, 2015 12:26pm
Helping people with depression can be very tricky, since the condition might cause them to withdraw from you and/or be very shorttempered and pessimistic. Try not to force yourself on the person you are trying to help, but make sure they know you are there for them and that you will not judge them. It might also help for you to do some research on this topic so as to make them feel more understood. You can offer to listen to them and, if they want, to help them find treatment. You can also simply try to be a good friend by going out with them and suggesting activities. When doing this, remember how tiring a day out may be for your friend/relative, so try to adjust to their needs. Going for a walk, going to have some icecream, see a movie, maybe do sports together... any kind of movement, distraction and activity outside will do them good. Last but not least, remember to take care of yourself. Demonstrating self-care and good boundaries will show your friend/relative how to take care of THEMSELVES, too! So make sure you are not always available, set some time boundaries. People struggling with depression may have trouble empathizing with you, so you will have to make sure that you stick to your limits to avoid emotional drainage. Summary: 1) Be there to talk, to support, to help get treatment if wanted 2) Do some research on the condition 3) Be a friend, invite him/her to easy activities (preferably outside, physical and/or distracting activities) 4) Demonstrate self-care and clear boundaries, take a break for yourself to regain energy
interestingBerry24
November 20th, 2015 12:52pm
By talking! Once again, giving them your time and talking the situation out. Lending a helping hand.
ardoor
November 21st, 2015 2:39pm
firstly, make sure they know you are there for them. that you care. often, people with depression feel alone and unwanted. make sure they feel loved. also, make sure they are NOT at risk of hurting themselves. if they are at risk, call the suicide hotline.