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

Don’t: Tell Them Life Could Be Worse

Perhaps life could be worse in your eyes, but for your loved one who is depressed, life right now is pretty bad. So don’t try to undermine their pain with your version of a “pep talk” meant to “snap them” out of it. Also, don't question someone's manhood for being depressed—depression is not a feminine trait. 

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