What to Say to Depressed Loved Ones

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  • The Dos and The Don’ts of Support
  • Don’t: Tell Them Life Could Be Worse
  • Do: Point Out Alarming Behavior
  • Don’t: Tell Them That God is the Answer
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  • Do: Remind Them There is Hope
  • Do: Ask What You Can Do For Them
  • Don’t: Make Them Feel Bad For Not Being Like You
  • Do: Your Best to Understand and Empathize
  • Do: Ask Them If They Have Thought About Suicide

Do: Point Out Alarming Behavior

Sometimes people who are depressed might not understand or know that they are depressed (or don’t want to admit it). If you are worried about someone, point out that you’ve noticed certain behaviors such as sleeping all day, staying in the house a lot, not eating, not answering phone calls, etc. Just make sure you do it in a loving and nonjudgmental manner. 

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