If you're supporting a loved one with depression, our friend, then we'd like to share a tiny little story with you that we recently posted on Instagram :)
A Little Story About Supporting A Loved One With Depression
I will never, ever get tired of hearing my partner say that depression is a liar, and that I'm so much more than my mind is telling me I am.
It really helps to have this reminder when I feel too exhausted to clean the house, and therefore criticise myself for being lazy.
It really helps when I'm comparing myself to other people, and thinking about how much of a failure I am.
And, it really helps when I'm consumed with hopelessness, and can't envision my life ever getting better.
Even though I tell them all the time, I don't think my partner will ever understand just how much their reassurance means to me.
When you're supporting a loved one with depression, your words can either lift them up or tear them down. So, always try your best to be gentle and encouraging rather than judgmental and critical. Your loved one with depression will be grateful to you for it.
All our love,
The Depression Project Team.