How to talk to someone depressed…
Don’t tell them how to fix their life.
DO listen and listen without judgement.
Don’t ask them if they’re “better” every time you contact them.
DO ask if there is anything you can do to be supportive.
Don’t be forceful about them spending time with you.
DO offer them time in person without them having to commit to plans.
Don’t assume you understand what they’re going through.
DO try to be empathic to their struggle.
Don’t tell them to just get over it and move on.
DO think of it as a cold they can’t shake that has to run through their body and fade in it’s own time.
Don’t vanish from their lives when they are down.
DO remind them they are not a burden and you love them unconditionally.