Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.           Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 

As a support person, you are absolutely mission critical to your loved one overcoming depression.  You are the true definition of an unsung hero.  You might be feeling unsure of what to do to help, afraid that you're approaching things the wrong way,  or just unappreciated and even mistreated.  These are all normal feelings to have, as well as exhaustion, and we've tried to address them with the articles below.  We hope they help and feel free to contact us if you need support or prayer as well.  I'm sure you don't hear it enough, so THANK YOU.

 

basic tools

If you're not sure what to say to your depressed family member, another website, wing of madness, has put together a helpful guide of some basic questions and things to be aware of that we've linked to.

First Grow in empathy

When helping someone who is depressed, most people want to just shake them and exclaim "Why don't you just _____________!?"  This approach, of course, will do much more harm than good.  Another website, ink and feet, has an article about how to "get your head right," as he says, that is a must read for any support person.

an ode to support persons

You really do have one of the hardest jobs in the world, and due to the nature of depression I'm sure you're not getting the thanks that you deserve.  I hope that this article will be able to encourage you.