HAVE YOU EVER HAD A friend or family member struggle with depression, and you weren’t sure how to help? Maybe you were afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, in fear of making the person feel worse. Or maybe you just ignored it, hoping the person would get better on their own.
As a society, we’re working to change the conversation surrounding mental health, including depression and suicide prevention. I’m encouraged by efforts of national organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America to help reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
As a psychiatrist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I’d like to offer these six suggestions of what you can do when you encounter someone who is depressed: