Download Blurt's Guide to Supporting Someone who has Depression
Depression is a debilitating illness, of that there is no doubt. It rattles us to our very core and impacts on our relationships – the very relationships which play a crucial part in helping us to manage depression. It’s cruel.
In life, we all need a support squad: people we trust enough to confide in, who will walk with us in the dark and who lift us from rock bottom.
Depression makes our need for such relationships even greater, but the illness itself tells us that we’re not worthy of them. We genuinely think you’d be better off without us. And we are determined not to be a burden – so much so that we try and push you away.
Supporting someone who has depression is not easy. You may feel helpless, confused, and struggle to know what to do for the best.
Because we understand how difficult it is to support someone with depression, AND because we know how much you are needed as a guiding light, we’ve put together some handy information with you in mind. We hope it will help you as you help others.
We are truly grateful that you are here: it means you care, and that makes our hearts swell with gratitude and appreciation.
Thank you for being you,
The Blurt Team <3
"Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus
What's inside this guide of ours?
We’ve put together this guide as we understand how painful it can be to see depression consume someone you care about. Because we believe that empathy is a good place to start, we have tried to give you an understanding of what depression is like in addition to ways you can be supportive.
The guide includes:
What is Depression?
What You Don’t See
How Relationships Can Be Tested
Friendship from a Depressed Person’s Perspective
Ways to be Supportive
When You’re Concerned for Someone’s Safety
Don’t Forget Your Self-Care
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." – John Holmes
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“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer