What can you do to help support someone who is struggling?
1) Never, never, never, give up on them
Be strong for them by standing by their side. Try not to lecture them on their behaviour. The individual going through depression is likely to already know that their behaviours are self-sabotaging and/or disruptive. Know that they are not trying to hurt you, they themselves are likely hurting more than you can imagine.
Hear their stories and listen wholeheartedly. This gesture can make the world of difference to the person. Try not to have an option. Even if you have heard the story all before, try and listen with the perspective of compassion
3) Offer pathways to seek help
Your local GP is the first point of call for mental health help seeking. If you are worried about someone offer to go in to the doctor with them.
4) Offer a cup of tea
This is an old fashioned one, but it’s still a good one. Try to make space to spend time with the person. Don’t count the time you spend together. Just focus on being in the moment.
5) Offer a distraction
This can be a small gesture like a subtle change in conversation or it could be a gesture to offer a brief walk outside, either way distractions can actually be quite effective to help shift a mood or mental mind set.
6) Share self-care tips
“self-care is any activity that you do voluntarily which helps you maintain your physical, mental or emotional health. It can help you feel healthy, relaxed and ready to take on your work and responsibilities.” Reachout.com