As it is often characterized by an immense feeling of sadness, mood-swings, low-self esteem, assisting someone going through depression is indeed a task that cannot be undertaken easily.
Nonetheless, it is safe to say the comforting news is you are perhaps the stronger one in this scenario and are thus better equipped to help someone who may be depressed.
Based on this realization, here are some tips that you could implement to assist someone who may be going through this emotional encumbrance.
1. Cultivate physical closeness with the person.
2. If the person is acutely suicidal, do not leave him or her alone.
3. Try not to patronize them by simply telling them that “everything will be fine, " or that “they have everything to live for.
4. Stay in contact with them.
5. Help them to feel good about themselves by praising daily achievements.
Though this is not the complete list of how-to’s in regards to assisting someone going through a trying phase of depression, in addition to the factors above, if you are of a spiritual inclination, this will be a good time to pray and ask the Divine for assistance with assisting someone going through depression, this of course is best done according to the framework of your faith.
It’s also of a very wise inclination to look into getting professional help for this friend, be it through conventional methods involving the use of therapists and/or psychiatrists or even alternative-yet equally effective-healers who subscribe to more of a holistic approach.
Borrowing from the heartfelt lyrics of the Dione Warwick and Friends classic penned by Stevie Wonder: “For good times and bad times, I’ll be by your side forever more…cause that’s what friends are for"; well now is the time to do just that for your friend…and suffice it to say the odds are in your favor that both of you will win.
Foras Aje is an independent researcher and co-founder of BodyHealthSoul LLC. Stop by His Treatment for Depression Blog today for more information on how to help someone with depression