How can I help myself if I am depressed?
If you have depression, you may feel exhausted, helpless and hopeless. It may be extremely difficult to take any action to help yourself. As you begin to recognize your depression and begin treatment, negative thinking will fade.
Engage in mild activity or exercise. Go to a movie, a ballgame, or another event or activity that you once enjoyed. Participate in religious, social or other activities.
What if I or someone I know is in crisis?
If you are thinking about harming yourself, or know someone who is, tell someone who can help immediately.
Call your doctor. Make sure you or the suicidal person is not left alone.
How can I help a friend or relative who is depressed?
If you know someone who is depressed, it affects you too. You may need to make an appointment on behalf of your friend or relative and go with him or her to see the doctor.
Help a friend or relative :
Offer emotional support, understanding, patience and encouragement. Engage your friend or relative in conversation, and listen carefully. Never ignore comments about suicide, and report them to your friend’s or relative’s therapist or doctor. Invite your friend or relative out for walks, outings and other activities. Keep trying if he or she declines, but don’t push him or her to take on too much too soon.