What to Do/Say When a Loved One is Depressed

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Who to contact

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now 988. The National Crisis Text Line is accessed by texting HOME to 741741. Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential.

Dial 911 in an emergency 

Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates 

Local to Cleveland, OH:
The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland– Crisis Intervention & Referral Service. Open Every Night from
8pm to Midnight. (216) 721-1115 

Free Crisis Services of Cleveland – Sunday-Thursday 6pm-2am, Friday-Saturday 8pm-4am. We respect your privacy. 
All calls are confidential and anonymous. Our counselors receive extensive hotline training.                 (216) 251-7722

24-Hour Crisis Hotline of Cleveland- Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board(216) 623-6888

More crisis lines are available here.

What to Do

http://www.suicidology.org – American Association of Suicidology – training for crisis response

http://www.qprinstitute.com – training for crisis response

http://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/depression.htm Be informed about Depression 

http://www.dbsalliance.org  – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Be informed about Bipolar Depression 

http://www.afsp.org-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Get involved with walks, other fundraisers, and volunteerism

Why Do You Run Away When I Say Suicide? Please Stay

What to Say

My Depressed Loved One Won’t Get Out of Bed – What Am I to Say?

Scolding a Severely Depressed Person for Being Depressed Makes It Worse. 

Love Draws Boundaries


Disclaimer: Neither Always the Fight MInistries nor Nancy Virden Are responsible for individual experiences or outcomes.  Nancy is not a doctor or therapist. Nothing on this website substitutes for professional mental health care.