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Supporting someone with depression

Many people hide depression because of stigma — negative beliefs that can make them afraid to speak up and get help. Sometimes it’s up to family and friends to start the conversation. Learn how to support someone who’s struggling.

Many people hide depression because of stigma — negative beliefs that can make them afraid to speak up and get help. Sometimes it’s up to family and friends to start the conversation. Learn how to support someone who’s struggling.

  • 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.

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  • What you can do to help

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

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  • 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.

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  • Advice for family and friends

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

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Hope and inspiration

Encouraging words and authentic stories can make all the difference.

  • Take the time to listen

    If you know someone having a tough time, show them some love and compassion. It can help.

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  • A lifelong struggle

    What does it feel like to have cyclical depression? Hear Francine share her ongoing struggle with her good friend Richard.

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  • Be there for your kids

    We know talking to children about mental health can be hard. Check out our tips to help make it easier.

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