If you have a friend or loved one who is depressed, you might feel like you have to save them. You look for the right words, but nothing seems to help.
You don't have to say or do the right thing. Sometimes just being there is enough. Listen to them and don't interrupt them when they're talking. Don't tell them that others have it worse than them or they should get over things. Validate their feelings and give them some space. Give them a moment to breath.
If they are ready, help them find resources so they can get treatment for their depression. Feel free to direct them to Dr. Khan's free clinic, which is open on 4pm-6pm every Friday. Please message us for the address and contact number.
You can also lead them to this website so they can come here and benefit from the resources we have.
If you believe your friend or loved one might be suicidal, you can contact the suicide helpline on their behalf or encourage them to do so themselves:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1- 800-273-TALK )
You can text them as well by texting the word, "GO" to 741741.
You can also chat with them here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
When you are caring for your friend or loved one, don't forget to care for yourself as well. You need to stay healthy so you can help others. Sometimes it can get overwhelming to figure it out on your own. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for help and resource recommendations.
How have you helped someone who is depressed? Let us know below.