Depression is a mental health condition that affects over three million Australians every year. Although the path to healing can be a long one, the support of family and friends can make the journey much easier.
Mary Magalotti’s Advice
If someone you love is experiencing depression, you might feel powerless or overwhelmed. However, Mary Magalotti explains that there are some things you can do to help.
- Let them know you’re there – just the knowledge that someone loves you and is cheering you on can be powerful when you’re experiencing depression. Let your loved one know that you love and care for them unconditionally, and you’re there to talk if they need it.
- Offer practical support – one of the challenges of depression is getting daily tasks done. If you think your loved one is struggling with something like chores, childcare, or cooking, offer your support by chipping in and helping out – a home cooked meal is likely to be very much appreciated!
- Listen with care, and without judgement – if someone you love has opened up to you about their mental health challenges, it’s important to listen respectfully. Avoid comparing your loved one’s problems to your own, and don’t tell them it could be worse – guilt is not a helpful emotion for someone recovering from depression.
- Encourage them to seek support – although the love and care of family members and friends is helpful, you should encourage your loved one to contact a psychologist or counsellor for additional support.
Reach Out Today – Life Resolutions is Here to Help
Depression is tough to beat alone – fortunately, no one has to. Through Life Resolutions, Mary Magalotti and her team are here to provide compassionate, confidential counselling and support for depression.