Depression affects  up to 21 million Americans each year.

If you know someone struggling with depression, there are a few things you can do to help

Listen Without Judgement

Be an active listener. It can be really difficult to open up and discuss emotions with others, especially those who we trust and respect.

Offer Hope

People suffering from depression usually feel hopeless. You can give your loved ones true hope by reminding them of the things worth living for. Talk about what makes life valuable, positive, and worthwhile.

Support Through Action

Support doesn't only come in words. Make a special effort to appreciate them. Take them out, or simply spend time with them. Show them you care through practical help.

Keep Consistent

People suffering from depression sometimes withdraw themselves from their loved ones. Continue to reach out without taking things personally. Knowing someone cares makes a difference.

Practice Self-Care

When helping someone with depression, don’t forget about yourself. Demonstrate what self-care looks like for your friend or relative while taking the time you need to refuel and recharge.

Celebrate Small Successes

Recognizing achievements can be difficult when depression weighs you down, but recognize small steps toward bigger progress. Help them feel proud about daily accomplishments for their well-being.

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