8 THINGS TO SAY TO SOMEONE STRUGGLING WITH DEPRESSION ?
According to the NHS website ” Feeling down or depressed from time to time is normal. But if these feelings last 2 weeks or more, or start to affect everyday life, this can be a sign of depression.”
Depression can develop slowly. Someone who’s depressed doesn’t always realise or acknowledge that they’re not feeling or behaving as they usually do.
Signs that someone may be depressed – you may notice that someone:
-Has lost interest in doing things they normally enjoy
-Seems to be feeling down or hopeless
-Feels tired or doesn’t have much energy
-Is overeating or has lost their appetite
-Is sleeping more than usual or isn’t able to sleep
-Has trouble concentrating on everyday things, such as watching TV or reading the paper
When to get help urgently:
-If the person you’re worried about expresses suicidal feelings, you or they should contact a GP or NHS 111.
-You can also contact Samaritans on 116 123 for confidential 24-hour support.
Useful resource – Hear how friends and family helped other people with depression on healthtalk.org.