The support of friends and family can play a crucial role in a person’s recovery from depression. However, it’s not easy to know what to say when speaking to a loved one about their condition. It’s completely normal to feel worried, scared or confused, and be unsure what questions to ask or how to be supportive.
My best piece of advice to someone who is taking care of a loved one affected by depression is to stay alert for all of the signs or relapse and to have a preventative plan of action ready.
Many people experiencing a mental health problem may speak to family and friends first, so the support you offer can be crucial in encouraging and helping them seek further help from their doctor. This brochure, created by the European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI) gives you advice on how to best support your loved one, while also caring for yourself.
For more advice on how to care for your loved one, as well as yourself, the European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI) have created a “Caring for two” brochure. Click below to download it and learn more.