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

The Dos and The Don’ts of Support

If anything is clear about Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams’ tragic death, it’s that depression can kill. It’s also very complicated for the loved ones of people who suffer from mental health issues as well. Here’s what to (and what not to) say to people who are depressed. —Kellee Terrell

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