Category: Supporting Someone with Depression

Depression: Coping When Our Loved Ones Are Also Unwell

Depression: Coping When Our Loved Ones Are Also Unwell

Living with depression is incredibly difficult; not just for those of us who are unwell, but for our loved ones too. There’s not one area of our lives that depression doesn’t touch. When a loved one has depression, we feel the affects of the illness on our relationships, and we often feel helpless, confused and…

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The Blurt Peer Project

The Blurt Peer Project

We are *so* excited to share this with you, we’ve been talking about it and planning it for what feels like donkey’s years. On top of raising awareness and understanding of depression, we also feel incredibly passionate about combining peer support with education. We’ve been working our socks off on what that might look like,…

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Explaining Depression To A Child

Explaining Depression To A Child

Depression impacts all parts of our life. It can affect our work, our day-to-day routines, and the way we relate with other people. When we have children in our lives, having depression can be especially difficult.  We feel guilty that we can’t always be fun and playful. We might be snappy, or withdraw. If depression is…

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Little Ways Our Loved Ones Can Help With Our Depression

Little Ways Our Loved Ones Can Help With Our Depression

When we are living with depression, it can be hard for loved ones to know how to help. They may want to show support and let us know they care, but feel unsure about how best to do this. We don’t need people to make grand gestures, but small acts of kindness can make a big…

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Practical Ways To Help A Friend With Depression

Practical Ways To Help A Friend With Depression

Depression can be an incredibly isolating illness. When we’re depressed, it can be hard for us to speak to our friends. We worry about bringing them down, feel awkward and embarrassed, and don’t know how to explain how we’re feeling.  We may try and isolate ourselves, as it seems easier than maintaining a friendship – a friendship…

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Depression: What Employers Can Do To Help Us Back To Work

Depression: What Employers Can Do To Help Us Back To Work

Depression can sometimes mean that we need to take sick leave from work for a while. If we we have to take time off, we don’t need to be ashamed. With 12.7% of all sickness absence days being due to mental health conditions, we’re definitely not alone. When we’re able to return to work, there…

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Peer Support: What It Is And Why It Helps

Peer Support: What It Is And Why It Helps

Peer Support takes place when people with similar lived experiences provide emotional, social or practical help to each other.  In the mental health field, Peer Support enables those who have experienced mental ill-health to connect and support each other. This can be an extremely positive experience for all involved. At Blurt, we’re big fans of Peer Support. In this post,…

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Questions Our Friends Might Ask About Depression and How to Answer Them

Questions Our Friends Might Ask About Depression and How to Answer Them

Talking about depression with our friends can be difficult. Though we know they have our best interests in heart, their knowledge and understanding about depression might be limited. They also may have questions they want to ask us which – when we’re in the thick of our illness – we might not feel equipped to answer. Feeling…

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Teachers: How To Support Young People With Depression

Teachers: How To Support Young People With Depression

Around three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition. While awareness of mental health issues in the education system is improving, the amount of support both teachers and students receive can vary from school to school. For teachers, the welfare and well-being of students is obviously a priority.  As such teachers will want to…

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Practical Ways To Support A Child With Depression

Practical Ways To Support A Child With Depression

Having a child with depression isn’t easy and it can be really hard to know what to do or say. Often we want to do something to ‘fix’ it. There isn’t an easy fix to depression, but there are things that you can do to help. We’ve gathered a few ideas of some practical things…

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