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    How can you help a friend in depression
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    How can you help a friend in depression
    I've been wondering about this myself, and the most successful thing I've found so far, is talking to them, until they accept they need help, and then getting them to book an appointment with their gp and get professional help. There's not really much else you can do besides being understanding and looking out for them, make sure that they do as their doctor says and continue their treatment.
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    Just be open and honest, do stuff with them, if they say no then just be understanding. Depressed people really appreciate it when their friend is understanding, because they often tend to do things that are out of their control, and show how much you care about them, if they ever feel like no one cares, then they’ll think of you, and it’ll ****ing help. That’s it really tbh, one close friend who constantly makes time for them really does make the difference
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    Sit with them. Ask the person if they want to talk. If they do, listen and try to understand. It's okay if you don't, as long as you're not judgemental. If they don't want to talk, that's fine. The person may not want to in that moment or at all. Just being there with the person is enough. For someone with depression to have someone with them, will mean so much to them.
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    How can you help a friend in depression
    Be there for them if they need you and be willing to listen to them about issues, but don't treat them any differently and leave it to them to decide when to open up. They like you and trust you for who you are and how you treat them now. As long as they know they can talk to you if they want to you're doing stuff right.

    It might also help to read up on depression a little bit and make yourself aware of some of the support available just so you are a bit more prepared for if you need it. You can check out sites like mind.org, sane.org, samaritans and childline (depending on age) for that. And TSR also has some great support like the MHSS.

    Basically keep doing what you're doing, but just be aware that if they try to open up to you to be super understanding and to cut them some slack if they aren't feeling up to something.
    It is not your job to fix them so please remember not to put that responsibility on yourself.

    Hope that helps. And if you ever find things are getting a bit much for you remember you can always come on here or talk to a teacher or counsellor (including those services above) to vent. It's not easy being depressed, but it isn't easy knowing somebody with depression either.
 
 
 
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