What to Say to Depressed Loved Ones

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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
  • 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: Ask Them If They Have Thought About Suicide

Yes, the answer could be devastating, but the question needs to be asked. Not asking is the difference between life and death. If someone admits to being suicidal, contact their doctor or mental health professional and call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 for advice. If they have hurt themselves, call 911 immediately. Read more tips on addressing suicide at MayoClinic.Com.  

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