3) Supporting Their Treatment: One critical area of support for someone with depression is working with them to maintain their treatment plan, including taking their medications as prescribed, seeing healthcare practitioners as recommended, and seeking additional support as necessary. You may need to be the person to remind your loved one to take their medication every day. You may also help by setting up and/or taking them to their healthcare appointments. If they are not getting better, you may also need to encourage them to seek additional or alternative support.
4) Help with Day-to-Day Living: Often, people with depression have difficulty with some of the basics of day-today living. If severe enough, depression can leave you feeling immobilized, unmotivated and unable to do many of life’s simplest tasks. During these times, a person with depression will need support in ordinary activities —you may need to encourage them to shower, to eat, or to get some fresh air. And sometimes people might need help going to the grocery store, cleaning the house and paying bills.
5) Supporting Regular Activities: Try to encourage your loved one to maintain the activities they do when they are not depressed. Be it work, school or activities. Don’t force them to do things if they aren’t ready, but do try to help them stay involved in their lives.
6) Recognizing Warning Signs for Suicide: It is important to know that people with depression are more likely to attempt or commit suicide. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wanting to die. Even if you do not believe they really want to hurt themselves, the person is clearly in distress. Reach out and call emergency services if necessary.
Depression: A Global Crisis by the World Federation for Mental Health