How to Spot & Support a Friend Suffering from Depression

May 22, 2017

When a friend is in need, we help them. But what if we don’t know they need help or how to help them? When someone we know is experiencing depression, this is often the case.

According to the NAMI, “Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding, treatment and a good recovery plan.”

The first step to help a friend you think may have symptoms of depression is to know the symptoms. According to the APA, here are some of the signs to look for in someone who might be struggling with depression:

In short, depression manifests itself in many different ways and can affect any of us.  Once we know the signs, we are better equipped to recognize when a friend may be struggling with depression and then begin to support them.

How to Support Your Friend

So it seems like your friend may be struggling with some symptoms of depression, what should you do now? It takes courage to support a friend experiencing depression. Here are some things to keep in mind when interacting with them from

It can be challenging to have a friend who you care about suffering from depression. You may experience them distancing from you or being annoyed and not know why, but your patience and caring for them can go a long way in helping them work through their problems and getting to a better place.

Learn more about supporting friends with depression:

Article by After School’s Nick Chmura and the After School Communications Team

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