What to Say to Depressed Loved Ones

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  • 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
  • The Dos and The Don’ts of Support
  • Don’t: Tell Them Life Could Be Worse
  • Do: Point Out Alarming Behavior

Do: Remind Them There is Hope

It may not seem like it right now, but always reinforce that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Remind them to not give up on their treatment and/or to keep taking their medication. Remind them that you will always be there and that you will always love them—depression can never change that. 

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