How to Help Someone with Depression

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Supporting a Depressed Person

No doubt about it. For the person living with depression, life can be very tough. But it's not easy for spouses or family members either.

"I feel horrible for my husband. He lost his job 3 years ago because of the recession and hasn't found another job. About two years ago, he fell into a deep depression. Even antidepressants don't help much. I've tried being supportive, but to be honest, I really don't know what to do and I'm getting worn out." - Stephanie

Stephanie's situation isn't that unusual. Unfortunately, most people with depression don't reach out and say "here's what I need." That leaves loved ones grasping in the dark, trying to figure out what to do and how to help.

If that's your situation, here are some articles to lead you in the right direction.

How to Support Someone with Depression

Share Your Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts on "stigma of mental illness" or any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

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From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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"Experiencing Avoidant Personality Disorder" On HealthyPlace TV

In all her 58 years, Trish Poce has never held a "real job". She's deathly afraid to be around people. And this debilitating mental illness took it's toll on her. But it's not all bad news, as you'll see on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Watch the interview with our guest, Trish Poce, currently featured on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show website until next Wednesday; watch it here after that.

Coming Up in August on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • How I Overcame Deadly Depression
  • Irritable Male Syndrome: Why Mid-Life Men Turn Mean

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

Click here for a list of previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Shows.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2010, July 23). How to Help Someone with Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, May 11 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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