Getting help from friends and family

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If you have depression can be debilitating and totally isolating if your family and friends can't understand what you are going through. This can often lead to relatives and friends trying to help but totally getting it wrong or starting an argument if they feel frustrated that you won't just 'cheer up'. One way to avoid this is by letting them know that the most helpful thing they could do is to ask you what you need and how they could help you.

What You'll Need

  • A space to sit and talk to your family / friends

What You'll Do

  • Sit down your family member or friend and let them know that you are having a hard time.
  • Tell them that when you are struggling it would really help if they asked if there was anything that you needed or anything that they could do to help
  • Let them know that you won't always know what will help - sometimes you might need to talk, sometimes you might want a hug and other times you might like to be left alone
  • Whenever your family and friends do ask how they can help be sure to thank them and tell them how helpful it is that they are even asking.
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