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For Family and Friends
If someone you care about is depressed, you may feel helpless. Maybe you're watching a once-active or happy person slide into inactivity or you're seeing a good friend lose interest in favorite activities. The change in your loved one's or friend's behavior may be so big that you feel you no longer know him or her.
Here are some things you can do to help:
Help with the basics
You can also help the person have good health habits. Encourage him or her to:
Depression and suicide
Depression can lead to suicide. Call
If a person or family member who is depressed talks about suicide and has a plan and a way to carry it out, follow these guidelines.
If you are spending a lot of time helping or caring for someone who has depression, find your own support. This can help you deal with the illness. These caregiver tips also can help you:
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