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How can I help people with depression?

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Last Updated: 02/27/2018 at 3:42pm
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Top Rated Answers
devilsOrchestra
January 22nd, 2016 2:48pm
depression is different with each individual, the best way is to be yourself around them and keep a good sense of normality going on however let them know from time to time your there for them should they need someone to talk to.
Lshoe24
January 23rd, 2016 7:36pm
Just be there inspiration and help them see the good in things instead of the bad help them to think more positive
ReniK
January 23rd, 2016 11:33pm
You can become a listener in 7 cups of tea and help people who are suffering from different disorders. We'd love to have you as part of your team!
Michael77
January 24th, 2016 3:22am
Listen to them. Even if they want to be silent, let them know you're there. Maybe they don't want to address the depression directly, but not being alone can really help sometimes. It never hurts to ask what they want or need.
bigolphil2695
January 24th, 2016 6:46am
1.) Don't tell them they are being selfish or needy. 2.) Show them you are listening. 3.) Don't just give them advice and expect them to get better. 4.) Encourage them, and help them understand that life won't always be bad. 5.) Be their friend.
ItsButterflyLove
January 25th, 2016 4:18am
If you know someone suffers from depression try to talk to them. Be nice and try to understand what they're going through. It's maybe not easy for them to talk about it so don't be offened if they don't want to talk about it. Just let them know you are there for them. Don't judge them! It is jot their fault. Depression is a mental disorder after all. Remember that if you know aout any of this that you should talk to them about visiting a psychologist and/or professional help.
Anonymous
January 27th, 2016 7:24am
Well what I do to help people with depression is tell them my experiences with them. I tell them that depression is different for everyone and that people can have different solutions. I basically try to tell them that they're not alone and that there's always hope.
xAbigail
January 27th, 2016 9:46pm
You can help people with depression by offering gifts, helping them do fun activities, and enjoying time with them, such as hanging out at the movie theaters or mall.
Anonymous
January 29th, 2016 5:25am
the best thing is to listen and to always be there by their side. motivate them and remind them of the beautiful things in life.
Anonymous
January 29th, 2016 12:11pm
Refer them to counsellors or you can ask them to try and express how they feel, this will allow you to help them without them realising.
ruiekipedia
January 31st, 2016 6:24pm
I have been in a depression some years ago. Being depressed doesn't you're just sad, it feels so numbing to the point that you aren't sure what you are feeling. I felt hopeless and lifeless. Unworthy of anything. But then I woke up feeling tired of being empty. I wanted to care and to live. That is why I tried to do things I used to love doing. I read books, watch movies, go outside. I tried living. Eventually I found my peace. I met people, I learned stories. I saw the world differently. I saw the world with better colors. I learned that I can only rely on myself. And living for myself is actually the greatest thing I used to fight the battle inside my mind.
Anonymous
January 31st, 2016 10:04pm
Be there for them. Sometimes people with depression will push people away but support and company can help them but be careful to give them space when they need it. Just check on them to see if they are okay and be there to listen to anything they want to talk about.
Anonymous
February 4th, 2016 11:57pm
Offer them company. Let them know you are here and want to be there for them when they are feeling down. Let them know how much they mean to you, because depression can likely stem from loneliness.
DiarmuidODyna
February 5th, 2016 12:07am
The most important thing is to be there for that person. There are many things we can do for people with depressions so they feel better, but that might not be enough. They might also need medical care to recover. It is important to keep this in mind as it can prevent us from loosing patience or getting frustrated because even our greatest efforts cannot cure the depression.
bubblingGrace29
February 5th, 2016 7:53pm
Be a friend to them and let them know you are always willing to listen. Try to help them with whatever they are going through.
gregariousZebra21
February 5th, 2016 9:19pm
Be there for them, understand and offer coping strategies but dont push advice or say its all in your head.
Anonymous
February 10th, 2016 4:12am
You can give them uplifting sayings and ask them to explain why they are depressed. Maybe you can tell them that everything will be okay
Rorschak
February 11th, 2016 5:07am
Helping people with depression depends on who they are. Just being their for them and offering them support in whstever they may need works wonders
Sam32
February 12th, 2016 6:42am
You can help people with depression by simply be there for them and listen to them and cheer them up
FantasticButterfly80
March 29th, 2016 9:18pm
I can listen support and guide them to the right help. I can ask them how their day is going and try to make it better.
frenchiek
August 16th, 2016 12:14am
The best thing you can do is show them that you love and support them. Just knowing someone is there can make a person with depression feel helped and loved.
Anonymous
August 29th, 2016 10:16am
Helping someone with depression could be as simple as just talking to them about what they are going through
CalmingBreeze16
September 5th, 2016 11:49pm
The first thing is NOT to tell them to 'just get over it'. Depression is a recognized medical illness . You should empathise with the emotional pain they are in. It is helpful to gently encourage them not to withdraw from people and encourage them to be physically active.
Chantelly121
October 11th, 2016 5:41am
People with depression more than anything near someone to lend ear. If you haven't had depression, it is hard to understand how they are feeling, so try to avoid saying you understand, but emphasise with them instead. Try to make them feel comfortable with opening up to you by actively listening (like listeners at 7 cups do) and reassure them that you will not give up on them, and you are proud of the progress they have made
Anonymous
June 5th, 2017 12:07am
Try to think of how it would feel to them. Empathy is important. Be a friend to them, stay in contact. Ask them how they are. Support them when they need it and most importantly, try to ask them if they know why they are depressed. If you are a friend who lives close by, do fun activities with them. If you are a friend at a distance or a listener, suggest activities that they can do, either by themselves or with friends. Show them the world isn't just a sad place.
derekinmo
October 16th, 2017 4:36am
Being there for someone and letting them know they are not alone is a huge help. Never make someone feel inferior for having depression but that you are always there to support them, even if that means building a pillow fort for them to hide from the world in.
PastelRhian
November 28th, 2017 11:59pm
Supporting them and letting them know that you are there for them to talk to and that you want to support them
Anonymous
December 19th, 2017 10:26pm
From a person point of view, I’d say the best way to be able to help people with depression is just to let them know you’re there for them. Make them feel loved and less alone, if you’re with them, take them out for a small walk or something or if they’re not up for that, do a kind thing and make them they’re favourite type of food, even if they don’t eat it, they’ll be happier at the gesture
KuyaEthan
January 16th, 2018 3:48pm
Well, you can be a Listener in this site, that way I believe we will be able to help people who struggle out there. Giving them the attention they need. We don't have to correct them as they will notice it afterwards but making sure we are open to their struggles and willing to cooperate. Take part in Mental Health Communities in your area. I believe some schools or hospitals have special children with them that would surely need new friends to feel accepted in this world. It's really cool to meet wonderful people like them.
Anonymous
February 6th, 2018 12:42pm
There are many ways to help them! Just to listen and be there with no judgement. Also caring for someone who is depressed is telling a trusted adult if things are serious or dangerous to the one with depression.