Supporting someone with depression

Find your words and help someone you care about

Many people keep depression hidden because of stigma — negative beliefs that can make people embarrassed or afraid to speak up and get help. Sometimes it’s up to family and friends to start the conversation. By learning how to do that, you can help fight stigma — and maybe even help someone you care about get the support they need. When the silence ends, the healing can begin.

Recognizing depression in others

Signs of depression should never be ignored. Know what to watch for so you’re prepared to help someone if they need it.

What you can do to help

For someone living with depression, supportive friends and family members can make all the difference.

What you can say

How do you ask someone if they’re OK? What do you say when someone tells you they’re depressed? If you can find your words, you can help.

Advice for family and friends

Things to keep in mind when you want to help someone you care about.

Support and resources for you

Supporting someone who’s living with depression can be hard, and you don’t have to do it alone