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

Do: Ask What You Can Do For Them

Instead of telling them what they need to do, be open to being there for them in the ways that they need you to be. That can be anything from checking in on them everyday, hanging out once a week, just listening to them, etc.

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