How to Help Your Friends and Family Understand Depression

How to Help Your Friends and Family Understand Depression

We know what it's like to feel alone and misunderstood when struggling with depression. We also know how difficult it can be to try to explain what you're going through to those who haven't experienced it themselves.

If you're looking for ways to help your friends and family understand your depression, here are some tips that might help:

Explain how depression feels

Depression can be hard to understand if you've never experienced it yourself. One way to help your loved ones understand what you're going through is to explain how depression feels. Describe the physical, mental, and emotional symptoms you experience on a daily basis. Talk to your loved ones about your symptoms and how they impact your life. It can be helpful to share stories about how depression has affected you in the past and what you've done to cope with the disease.


Two friends walking & talking wearing mental health sweatshirts

Mental health sweatshirts are good conversation starters.


Talk about your triggers

It can also be helpful to talk about what triggers your depression. If there are certain situations, people, or places that make your symptoms worse, let your friends and family know. This will help them understand what to avoid if they want to support you.

Share your treatment

If you're receiving treatment for depression, share that information with your loved ones. This can include things like therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. letting them know what you're doing to manage your depression will help them understand the importance of treatment.

Encourage open communication

One of the most important things you can do is encourage open communication. Let your friends and family know that you're always open to talking about your depression. This will help create an environment where they feel comfortable asking questions and expressing their concerns.


A couple wearing mental health sweatshirts leaning on each other.

Wearing a mental health sweatshirt is a good way to acknowledge that you're open to talking about the topic with family, friends and anyone you encounter.



Encourage education


Encourage your loved ones to do their own research on depression. There are a lot of resources available online and at the library.

Take Care Of Yourself

No matter how open you are about your struggles, it can still take time for your friends and loved ones to understand what you're going through and learn how to best support you.

If you feel like the people in your life aren't providing the support you need, it's okay to seek help from a support group where other people dealing with depression can openly share their stories.




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