Watching a loved one suffering with depression is extremely tough, and it is easy enough to feel helpless.


However, there are plenty of things that you can do to help them through it, and help take control of the situation. 


1. Be patient

First and foremost it is important you are patient with them. This way they will know that you will be there for them no matter how long treatment may take.


2. Learn about their condition

Knowledge is power and the more you know about their illness the better able you will be to support and help them. Depression is not back and white and each person will suffer different symptoms, some of which you may not associate with the illness. Talk to charities, or even your own doctor – they’ll also be able to advise you on how to handle the situation.



3. Be there

Just be there for them, even when they are pushing you away.  Sit with them when they cry, give them a shoulder when they feel like they are falling and a listening ear when they want to speak. Make sure they know they are loved and wanted.


4. Don’t pass judgement

Unless you have been in a similar situation you won’t know what they are going through. They may seem well one minute and sick the next, but the last thing they need to hear is you telling them to pull themselves together.


5. Don’t try the tough love approach

Setting ultimatums to get them to go see the doctor is not the best or even right way to encourage them to get help. The last thing they need is to think that you will abandon them – using punishment or a tough-love approach will not help them, and it could make matters worse.


Contact Aware for advice and support.