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Depression: Conversation starters

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Depression: Conversation starters 

Depression is a hard subject for many people to talk about. But if a friend or loved one is depressed, talking to them about getting help can make a big difference. Use these tips to start the conversation.

Show you care.

“Tell me how you are feeling. I’m here to listen and support you.”

“I’m worried about you. I think you may need to talk to a doctor about depression.”

“Let me remind you of the great things I love about you.”

“I really like to spend time with you. Let’s take a walk or go to a movie together.”

Offer hope.

“Depression is a real illness. Many people suffer from it, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

“Most people, even those with severe depression, get better with treatment.”

“I’ve read that getting active and eating healthy can help with depression.”

Offer to help.

“Let me help you get treatment. Start by making an appointment with your doctor.”

“Get help right away if you are thinking about hurting yourself. Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).”

“You can always call on me for support or if you just want to talk.”

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Content last updated on: November 14, 2011 Content Review by