Depression is Real, Don’t Treat it Lightly

What to say to someone who is depressed

A recent suicide has highlighted the seriousness of depression. Karyn Washington, whom suffered from depression was a motivational blogger helping other women feel beautiful, and was recently found dead at age 22 from apparent suicide. People still have a cloudy view of what depression is and what to say if someone is suffering from it. Please understand, depression is real, don’t treat it lightly. If someone you know opens up to you about feeling depressed, one of the worst things to say is, “well, there are a lot of other people who are worse off than you.” Try an empathic approach, such as, “you’re not alone. I’m here to listen or help in anyway I can.” Sometimes people cannot empathize because they don’t want to feel the sadness and/or their own feelings they have repressed. In this situation, these types of people will say, “stop feeling sorry for yourself; move on.” Again, this is a wrong thing to say. If you have trouble finding something to say to someone who suffers from depression, simply ask, “would you like a hug?”

To read more about what not to say to someone who is depressed, click here.

To read more about what to say to someone who is depressed, click here.

To read more about Karyn Washington, click here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this short blog. Let’s spread the word and help people who suffer from depression.

Many Blessings,

Carissa